WILTON, Iowa — Wilton coach Brenda Grunder knew Monday’s Class 2A Region 8 quarterfinal match against rival Durant would be a battle. The Beavers had beaten the Wildcats each of the previous three times this season, but they were all competitive matches and the Wildcats took a set each time.
Certainly, Monday’s match was more of the same, with momentum seesawing back-and-forth in front of a rowdy crowd.
But for the fourth time this season and sixth time in a row it was Wilton who emerged victorious, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-17 to advance to the regional semifinals and end Durant’s season.
“I think we expected the long rallies and big swings on both sides,” Grunder said. “I felt our poise came back and that’s what carried us through.”
The Beavers (33-5) won th efirst set 25-21 but after they opened a 16-11 lead in the second set, the Wildcats (14-21) responded with their best volleyball of the evening and went on a 9-0 run and went on to win that set.
Durant also opened a 13-7 lead in the third set, but it didn’t last.
Wilton, sparked by big serving from junior Kortney Drake and five consecutive kills from Aubrey Putman, rattled off 11 consecutive points to take control of the set. The Beavers maintained the lead in the third and won the set 25-20 and never lost control of the match again.
Alleman 25-25, Ridgewood 17-21: Sydney Elliott served six aces as Rock Island Alleman advanced through the first round of Class 2A regional play at Sherrard.
Kiah ONeil and Cori Caleo each had seven kills and Elliott added six for the Pioneers, who were led indigs by Caleo with 7 and in assist by Lydia Dorsey with 22.
Alleman faces No. 2 seed Riverdale today at 5:30 p.m. at Sherrard.
Rock Island 14-25-27, United Township 25-19-25: Rock Island dropped the opening set, then rallied to eliminate its Western Big Six rival in the first round of the Class 4A regional at Ottawa.
The Rocks, seeded 10th, will take on No. 1 Normal Community today at 5:30 p.m.
In the second game of the double-header at Ottawa, at 6:30, Moline faces Ottawa, which advanced Monday with a 25-6, 25-13 victory over Peoria.