After being edged in the middle set, the Riverdale Rams put an exclamation point on the Class 2A third-place match Saturday at Redbird Arena on the Illinois State University campus in Normal.
Riverdale beat Edwards County 25-16, 24-26, 25-12 behind 11 spike kills by Jess Corson and 29 assists by Hannah Nimrick.
Deer Creek-Mackinaw (38-1), which beat Riverdale (33-4) in the semifinals by taking the last two sets, defeated Dakota (37-5) in the 2A title match, 25-23, 25-21. Dakota ousted Oregon in a sectional title match.
Kyleigh Block led Deer Creek-Mackinaw with nine kiills and 10 points.
Keith Country Day outlasted Mt. Pulaski 25-21, 18-25, 25-22 in the Class 1A title match.
Imean McGary and Adeja Lamber led the way for Country Day (33-7) with 11 and 10 spike kills, respectively. Marisa Morgan fueled their attack with 26 assists and had 19 digs.
Ali Frantti’s match-high 16 spike kills weren’t enough for Richmond-Burton, which fell 25-21, 25-20 in the 3A title match.
Molly Haggerty spiked 12 kills for St. Francis (37-5). Kara Russell set 22 assists for the Rockets (37-5).
Behind Cara Mattaliano’s 21-spike kill barrage, Benet overcame a first-set loss to beat New Trier 21-25, 25-22, 25-17.
Hannah Kaminsky set 33 assists and had three aces for Benet (40-2).
Brittani Steinberg had 17 spike kills for New Trier (39-2), which got 32 assists from Taylor Tashima.