DIXON – Last month, Sauk pushed Arrowhead Conference leader Kishwaukee to five sets. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks were only able to take one set from the Kougars.
Kishwaukee has run roughshod through the Arrowhead, improving to 9-0 in league play with a 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17 win at Sauk.
"They're a really good team. I'm pretty proud of how we played," said Skyhawks sophomore Kalli Scheppers, who had a team-high 14 kills to go along with 16 digs. "I think we could have taken them, but we tried our best."
The Kougars (17-12) only trailed for one point in the first two sets. Set 3 was a different story.
The Skyhawks (13-13, 5-5) never trailed in the third set. Sauk broke a 9-all tie with a 7-0 tear that was highlighted by two kills from Kristyn Kasner, who had 10 kills, and one from Scheppers.
Two kills by Alyssa Workman (9 kills) and a kill and block from Kayla Kurz (5 kills, 3 blocks) helped stake the Skyhawks to a 23-13 advantage.
Kishwaukee made things interesting with a 5-0 flurry before Sauk closed the set with kills from Morgan Mammosser (9 kills, 16 digs) and Karly Koch (35 assists, 10 digs, 4 kills).
"I liked that we came out and pushed strong in the third set," Kasner said. "We played a lot better, but in the fourth set we kind of died."
Trailing 15-10 in Set 4, the Skyhawks used a 5-2 spurt to make it a two-point game. Kasner and Scheppers had kills, and Kurz a block before a Scheppers ace made it 17-15.
The Kougars responded with a 5-0 blitz and soon thereafter closed out the match.
"We couldn't get any runs going on them," Sauk coach Jay Howell said. "If our serving's not spot on, it's tough to run an offense against their size. I was a little disappointed the way we started the match, but as it went on we played better."
Samantha Scroggins led the way for Kishwaukee with 15 kills. Lyndi Scholl added 11, Akeelah Muhammad 10 and Nicole Petrie nine.
Sauk libero Brianna Correa contributed 15 digs.
Star of the match: Samantha Scroggins, Kishwaukee, match-high 15 kills
Key performers: Kalli Scheppers, Sauk, team-high 14 kills, 16 digs; Lyndi Scholl, Kishwaukee, 11 kills; Morgan Mammosser, Sauk, 9 kills, 16 digs
Up next: Sauk at Southeastern Tournament (West Burlington, Iowa), Friday & Saturday