Nov. 2—STREATOR — Cissna Park volleyball's quest for its first-ever state championship is still alive.
The Timberwolves captured a Class 1A sectional plaque with a 25-16, 25-23 win over Lexington in a sectional hosted by Streator Woodland, which Cissna Park dispatched on Oct. 26 to win the 13th regional title in program history.
"It's super exciting that our kids can think back to the matches we've been in and those situations and know that we're going to OK," Timberwolves coach Josh Landon said. "We battled, had a couple of nice rallies and in set two we were able to move the ball a little more offensively."
Cissna Park (36-3) utilized a 17-8 run to the first set to claim victory before sneaking past the Minutemen in the second set to win its first sectional title since 2015.
"We made sure to just try and keep our composure," Landon said. "We talked in a timeout about embracing the moment and not letting it be bigger than what it is. Quite honestly, the girls were able to go out and execute."
Addison Lucht led the Timberwolves with 16 kills while Sophie Duis tallied nine kills and Brooklyn Stadeli added six kills. Ava Morrical triggered the offense with 32 assists, while Morgan Sinn added 12 digs on the defensive end.
The Timberwolves will face Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg with a trip to the Class 1A state semifinals on the line at 6 p.m. Friday in Milford.
"It's going to be a big game and we're not going to downplay that," Landon said. "We're going to be looking forward to the opportunity to play another match at the super-sectional level."
Historic season ends for Broncos. Cerro Gordo/Bement capped its record-setting season with a 25-16, 25-17 loss to host Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg in the sectional final.
The Broncos (29-9) set a program record for wins and captured their first-ever regional plaque before falling to the Hatchets (28-9) in a closely-contested match.
"It was very loud, very exciting environment," Broncos coach Diann Durbin said. "They played on their home court, but we had a huge crowd backing us too, so that was nice. ... We played hard and fought until the end but came up short."
Ali Walker led the Broncos with four digs, three kills and a block, with Haylei Simpson adding five assists and Skye Tieman chipping in five digs.
Jadyn McCarty had three blocks and a kill, while Jayda Scott added three digs and two blocks.
"It was definitely a very memorable season for us," Durbin said. "Just the dedication and the work that they put in to go from nine wins to 29 wins is amazing. ... I told them to be proud of the accomplishments we had this season."