Joliet takes second at District, advances to Divisionals

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CHRIS MCCONNELL
Outlook staff writer
Courtesy photo.  Joliet celebrates during their second place run at the District 4B tournament in Huntley last week. The J-Hawks lost to undefeated Huntley Project in the championship, but punched their ticket to Divisionals in Red Lodge where they play Forsyth at 4 p.m. today in the opening round match.

Joliet is on to the divisional tournament, starting today in Red Lodge, after taking second at the 4B district tournament in Huntley last week.

Coach Colette Webber was thrilled with the teams performance during the tournament.

“To say I am proud of these girls is an understatement.  They played well all weekend and fought for a spot to go to Divisionals. They competed well with Huntley and played with fearless hearts,” she said.

The J-Hawks had a first round bye and played conference rival Red Lodge on Friday afternoon, defeating the Rams in four games; 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19.

Then they lost to undefeated Huntley Project Saturday morning 23-25, 21-25 and 18-25.

Joliet faced Red Lodge for the second time in the losers bracket, defeating them 25-18, 25-17, 25-11 and assuring their spot in Divisionals.

Then they faced Huntley Project again, needing to beat them twice to claim the District title. The J-Hawks took the early 2-1 lead, nearly handing the Red Devils their first loss of the season, but lost the fourth game 26-28 and fell in the tiebreaker 6-15 to get the runner-up finish.

“I feel like we are just peaking in our season and we know we have to keep working hard to get one of the top spots at Divisionals. This is a team where everyone contributes and there are no small roles.  They are very united and close.  That makes it fun to coach,” Webber said.

The J-Hawks play their first round match against Forsyth at 4 p.m. in Red Lodge.

 

Second round match

Joliet vs. Red Lodge

25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19

Kills 51 (Joelle Luoma 14)

Assists 44 (Shayla Webber 20) 

Aces 14 (Webber  8)

Digs 85 (Webber 20) 

Blocks 8 (Vanessa Nowak 3)

 

Undefeated Semi Final

Joliet vs. Huntley Project 

23-25, 21-25, 18-25

Kills-32  (Makenna Bushman 13)

Assists (Luoma 14, Webber 13). Aces 2 (Webber 1, Nowak 1)

Digs 65 (Webber 17, Bushman 17)

Blocks 5 (Bushman 3)

 

3rd Place loser out

Joliet vs. Red Lodge

25-18, 25-17, 25-11

Kills 40 (Bushman, 15)

Assists 35 (Webber 21, Luoma 11)

Aces 8  (Merrin Schwend 3)

Digs 63 (Bushman 13, Webber 12)

Blocks 7 (Bushman 2.5)

 

Championship game 

Joliet vs. Huntley Project

17-25, 26-24, 25-20, 26-28, 6-15

Kills 43  (Bushman 13)

Assists 40 (Webber 25,  Luoma 12)

Aces 7 (Luoma 3)

Digs 98 (Webber 31, Tayler Wright 17)

Blocks 12 (Bushman 3.5)

 

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