COAL CITY – The St. Francis girls volleyball team made surprisingly quick work of perennial power Joliet Catholic, prevailing in Tuesday’s IHSA Class 3A Coal City Sectional semifinal, 25-10, 25-18.
The defending IHSA Class 3A state champion Spartans needed three games in both of their wins last week in regionals – and also went three in a regular-season win against the Angels this season – but St. Francis (35-3) was dominant in this one.
“They were outstanding,” St. Francis coach Peg Kopec said of her players. “Very steady teamwork. We excelled in all facets of the game.”
Molly Haggerty (nine kills, five blocks), Sam Dubiel (17 digs, eight service points), Natalie Murison (16 assists) and Mary Boken (12 service points, six kills) were among the leaders for St. Francis.
Kopec wouldn’t go as far as to call Tuesday’s performance the team’s best of the season but said it was “certainly wonderful.”
The Spartans advance to face host Coal City in Thursday’s sectional final.
IHSA Class 3A Burlington Central Sectional: Host Central knocked off Lakes, 25-20, 25-22, in a sectional semifinal.
Maddy Barry (18 assists, nine digs), Lauren Wiltsie and Makenna Jensen (seven kills each) and Allie O’Reilly and Aly Detamble (15 digs each) paced a balanced effort for the Rockets (27-11).
Central, advancing to a sectional final for the first time since 2008, will face Marian Central on Thursday for the sectional crown.