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Prep Roundup: Burlington Central girls volleyball slides into conference tie

RICHMOND – The Burlington Central girls volleyball team fell to division foe Richmond-Burton, 22-25, 25-12, 25-21, Thursday night. The result put the teams in a tie for the top spot in the Big Northern Conference East Division. 

Central trailed early in each game and only managed to make a comeback in its first-game victory.

Lauren Wiltsie led the team with 14 kills and two aces.

“We competed and I thought they earned it tonight, got to give them all the credit, they just played extremely well,” Central coach Marv Leavitt said. “They had a huge run in the second game and it turned the whole match around in their favor.” 

The Rockets couldn’t stop Richmond-Burton’s best player, Ali Frantti, who ended the match with 31 kills, almost single-handedly saddling Central with its first conference loss.

Maddy Barry had 26 assists for Central and Allie O’Reilly had 17 digs in the losing effort.

The Rockets will compete over the weekend in the Lincoln-Way Central Invite. 

Kaneland 2, Sycamore 1 (25-22, 23-25, 26-24): At Maple Park, Ellie Dunn had 18 kills, 10 digs and nine service points and Jenny Lubic dished 27 assists to elevate Kaneland (11-14, 4-4 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) in the conference thriller.

Riley Hannula (eight kills, seven service points, three blocks) and Vanessa Gould (six kills, six digs) were also among the Knights’ main contributors.

Geneva def. Aurora Central Catholic, 2-0 (25-23, 25-9): At Geneva, freshman Grace Loberg had 13 kills, Courtney Caruso had 11 assists and nine digs and Kelsey Wicinski had 14 digs as Geneva (22-7) topped ACC.

Megan Cameron added 11 assists for the Vikings. 

Metea Valley def. Batavia, 2-0 (25-22, 26-24): At Aurora, Batavia’s Audrey Faulhaber had 18 assists and three aces and Heather Meyer supplied 10 of her 14 kills in Game 2 but the Bulldogs (15-13) dropped the match to the Mustangs.

• Kevin Meyer contributed to this report.

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