For the ninth time since 1992, the Lincolnwood Junior High seventh grade volleyball team is headed to the IESA State Finals.
The team, who finished fourth in Class 7-2A last year, earned their spot at this year’s tournament with a 25-11, 25-9 victory over Springfield Christian at the Nokomis Sectional on Monday, March 9. The victory was the 27th straight for the Lady Knights, who have not lost a set this season.
Their opponent at the state tournament, which will be held in nearby Pawnee, will be a familiar one to the seventh graders who played on last year’s team. Kewanee Wethersfield, who enters the game with a 24-3 record, beat Lincolnwood 25-20, 25-23 in last year’s third place game, handing the Lady Knights just their sixth loss of the season.
If Lincolnwood can get past Kewanee Wethersfield this year, they will be guaranteed another state trophy and will take on either Champaign St. Matthew or Albion in the semifinals on Saturday, March 14, at 12:15 p.m. On the other side of the bracket, Augusta Southeastern plays Carrollton at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Lockport Taft versus Bloomington Corpus Christi at 5:45 p.m. The winners of those games play at 11 a.m. on Monday.
The championship match is set for 3:15 p.m. on March 14, with the third place match starting at 2 p.m.
Two other local teams were also trying to punch their tickets to state on Monday, but came up just short. Hillsboro fell to Staunton at the Pana Sectional 25-13, 25-6 to end their season with a record of 15-7. Morrisonville would win their opening game against Millstadt St. James 23-25, but lost the next two 25-16, 25-10 to end their season at 13-6.