DANVILLE — The Danville High School volleyball team’s season came to an end Tuesday with a 25-8, 25-9 loss to a very strong Bradley-Bourbonnais Lady Boilermakers team in Class 4A regional action.
The Lady Vikings’ highlight was another very fine serving game with four aces and no errors. Freshman Megan Burton had two of the aces to lead the team in serving.
Sophomore setter Lexi Hoskins had five assists to lead the Lady Vikings in assists.
“We played well early, had some touches with our blocks and was in it,” Hoskins said.
Unfortunately the Lady Boilermakers made it very tough on the Lady Vikings as they continued to feed their best player Wisconsin recruit Kelly Bates who was hitting above Danville’s block all night.
“ We knew where the ball was going and we had our blocks in place for her (Bates) but she just went above our block because she’s a very good athlete,” sophomore Mackenzie King said.
The Lady Boilermakers had many scoring runs to dominate the match and move on in regional play.
“ We as a team have got to want it more and find ways to play better,” Danville coach Cathy Wenthe said.
Both sophomores King and Hoskins agreed,” the team improved through the year and they have got to work harder to improve for next season.”
Wenthe went on to say she was proud of senior Ashley Forthenberry and that she will be missed.”
Bradley-Bourbonnais would turn around to play top seed Normal West in the semifinals right after the Danville game and the Wildcats were able to win 25-17, 20-25, 26-24.
Normal West will take on Normal Community in the final on Thursday. Normal Community defeated Bloomington 25-21, 25-18 in another semifinal on Tuesday.