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Geneva girls volleyball prevails in 3

AURORA – The Geneva girls volleyball team took its solid record to Aurora for an Upstate Eight Conference crossover matchup against Waubonsie Valley on Monday night.

The Vikings were able to escape in three sets, winning sets one and three with scores of 25-20 and 25-23. The Warriors refused to back down on their home court, however, forcing a decisive set with a 26-24 victory in set two.

The Vikings played solid team defense and had great passing, which led to easy points in set one. Geneva senior Kelsey Wicinski had 17 digs on the night and was closely followed by Megan Cameron, who added 13 digs and 16 assists. The Warriors’ errors piled up and they were unable to close the point gap down the stretch.

“We were definitely in system with our passing,” Geneva coach Annie Seitelman said. “We were also serving aggressively to keep them out of system, which makes it nice, because then they’re giving us a lot more free balls.”

The first set was textbook execution for Geneva, but Waubonsie regrouped and was able to cut down on its errors and run out to a 20-16 lead on Geneva in set two.

After a Geneva timeout, the Vikings strung four points together to tie the score at 20. Warriors senior Becky Breuer converted a crucial tip kill to bring Waubonsie back on top, 25-24. The Warriors captured the second set on the next point off a Geneva hitting error.

“I felt like we had a lot of great defensive ups and great long rallies and a lot of great blocks. It just was some moments where we weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be,” Waubonsie coach Kristen Didier said.

Set three was even until Geneva was able to get a point to tie the set at 18. The Vikings (17-4) didn’t trail after taking the lead, 19-18, and were able to put away the game on an Ally Barrett kill. Barrett had 10 kills and two aces on the night.

“We had great chemistry,” Vikings sophomore Mikayla Lanasa said. “Our defense was on, our kill streak was on and we just did really well.”

Lanasa was a big part of the offense, dishing out 26 assists. She helped Grace Loberg lead Geneva with 13 kills and Kyley Thompson record 10 kills.

Waubonsie (16-8) played well in front of the net. Juniors Taylor Dunwell and Caroline Cordes both reached five blocks each. Dunwell also led the team with eight kills. Senior Sydney Slevin had 17 digs, while fellow senior Lauren Hiller had 13 assists.

Geneva will return to UEC River play tonight against West Chicago.

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