Lady Eagles volleyball shows dominance


Taylor Gunia bumps the opposing serve against Black Hawk East on Oct. 10 in Kewanee.

Josh Dillon, IV Leader Sports Editor

The Lady Eagles volleyball team surged through the fall, upping their record to 19-9 with a 6-4 record in the Arrowhead Conference.

The biggest victory overall came at the Kankakee Tournament on Oct. 5 and 6 where IVCC went undefeated over two days and won first-place in the tournament.

They started off defeating Lake Land College 25-17; 18-25; 25-9; 25-17. Jessica Jessen led the Eagles with 16 points, Crystalynn Washkowiak had four aces, nine kills, and 19 digs, and Kayla MacDavitt had seven blocks.

Also on the first day of play, IVCC beat Grace College JV 25-22; 25-19; 25-16. Johnna Schultz had 12 points, Katie Huss had three aces, and Sarah Lushina had 10 kills.

IVCC beat Danville 22-25; 25-19; 25-16; 25-18 to open the second day of play. Hailee Brayton had 11 points, Lisa Lukkari had 18 assists, and Washkowiak had 13 kills.

The Lady Eagles then swept Rend Lake 25-19; 25-12; 25-18. Washkowiak was dominant, scoring 13 points, five aces, and 10 kills.

In the tournament final, IVCC won in a five game set to Kankakee 25-10; 17-25; 25-25; 15-25; 15-12.

Brayton had 19 points, Schultz had 26 assists, and Washkowiak had 24 digs to end the tournament.

Their conference losses in recent play came to Kishwaukee College on Oct. 2 and Highland CC on Oct. 3.

Conference wins came Waubonsee on Sept. 27: 22-25; 25-14; 25-25; 25-17, Black Hawk on Sept. 26: 24-26; 26-24; 25-23; 25-18, Sauk Valley on Oct. 9 25-16; 25-22; 25-23, and Black Hawk East on Oct. 10: 22-25; 25-16; 25-19; 25-16.

Three road games remain on the schedule before regional play: Oct. 20 at U.W. Whitewater Tourney, Black Hawk on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Lincoln College on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.

Regionals begin on Oct. 31 and the Regional Semi and Finals will be on Nov. 3.

The NJCAA National tournament is on Nov. 15-17.