Dale Dykeman was just fine with his Sterling girls volleyball team enjoying its outright Northern Illinois Big 12 West title, by way of a 25-21, 25-16 victory Tuesday in Streator.
But now it’s on to the next one.
“They’re enjoying it, as an outright conference title was one of our goals for the season,” Dykeman said. “But we’re trying not to get too complacent. We need to finish our job and beat Geneseo to go undefeated in the conference. Then we can make some noise in the postseason.”
Streator slipped to 12-17-2 and 3-6 in the conference. Kiarra Harris and Jenn Rahn led Sterling (32-2, 9-0 NIB-12 West) with 8 kills apiece, Rahn adding six blocks. Darien Bardoner led the Warriors in assists (15) and aces (2).
Bureau Valley def. Amboy 26-28, 25-16, 25-19: The Clippers were capsized after holding the early momentum in a Big Rivers match at home.
For Bureau Valley (9-16, 6-7), Sydney Lebahn led with 26 assists and 10 service points. Lindsey Hoffert had 12 kills and five aces, and Heaven Bennett had 10 kills and seven digs.
Claudia Leffelman led Amboy with 10 kills and five aces and added seven digs. Tori Welch had 12 digs for the Clippers.
Riverdale def. Fulton 28-26, 25-16: Kylie Kennedy had 10 kills, 10 digs, eight points and four aces for the Steamers in a road loss to the Rams.
Also for Fulton (11-15-1, 7-6 Three Rivers), Rachael Beiermann had 12 assists and five digs.
Morrison def. Prophetstown 18-25, 25-22, 25-22: Jessica Wieneke had 19 assists, four digs and two blocks as the Fillies topped the visiting Prophets.
Also for Morrison, Alyssa Workman had 12 kills and three blocks.
For Prophetstown, Karlie Stafford had 13 kills and Clare Kramer had nine.
Milledgeville def. Forreston 19-25, 25-19, 25-14: Kayleigh Leddy had 12 kills and five digs to lead the Missiles to a road win over the Cardinals.
Taylor Grenoble had 25 digs for the Missiles, Emily Geison had 10 digs and nine kills, and Haley McAuliffe had 25 assists, seven digs and four aces.
Aquin def. AFC 25-18, 25-18: Albeit consistent in scoring, the Raiders lost an NUIC East match to the Bulldogs in Freeport.
For AFC (12-16, 4-9) Lea Koning dealt out 10 assists and four Raiders had two kills apiece. One of them was Emily Mammen, who also had five digs.
Eastland def. Lena-Winslow 25-19, 22-25, 25-17: Kim Johnson had 16 kills, eight digs and two blocks as the Cougars topped the Panthers in Lanark.
Also for Eastland, Cassidy Logemann had 13 kills.
Byron 111, Morrison 62:
Kaylyn Rice of Dixon won two individual events and swam in two winning relays for the Tigers in Byron.
Rice won the 100 butterfly (1:09.67) and 200 IM (2:30.39) and swam legs on the winning 200 medley (2:09.03) and 200 freestyle (1:53.18) relays.
Dixon’s Abbey Blackbourn swam on the 200 medley and 400 free (4:22.25) relays.
Morrison wins came from Michaela Busch in the 50 free (26.62), Cassandra Meurs in the 100 backstroke (1:12.4) and Michelle Nafziger in the 100 breaststroke (1:22.31).
Kishwaukee def. Sauk Valley 25-19, 25-8, 21-25, 25-23: Kalli Scheppers had 15 kills and 10 digs for the Skyhawks in a road loss to the Kougars.
Also for Sauk Valley (21-12, 6-5 Arrowhead Conference), Nicole Shaffer had 18 digs, Stacy Stewart had 10 kills and Karly Koch added 30 assists.
• Claudia Leffelman, Amboy, 10 kills, 7 digs, 5 aces
• Karlie Stafford, Prophetstown, 13 kills
• Kim Johnson, Eastland, 16 kills, 8 assists