Kroner's volleyball insider: Chargers continue streak

Kroner's volleyball insider: Chargers continue streak

On Fridays, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner covers the area volleyball scene like it’s nobody’s business:

Chargers continue streak

CHAMPAIGN — For the sixth consecutive year and the seventh time in 10 years, coach Stan Bergman’s nationally ranked Centennial program reached the 30-win mark for a season. The Chargers will take a 31-4 mark into next week’s Urbana 3A Regional.
The future looks promising, too.
The junior varsity is 29-1, and the freshmen are 28-2. One of those teams will lose again, however. Bergman has entered each into Saturday’s 10-team Big 12 junior varsity tournament, which Centennial will host.

Heritage nears match limit

BROADLANDS — The IHSA allows schools to play as many as 35 regular season matches before entering the regional competition. Heritage played its 34th Thursday.
With a first-year coach, who not only implemented a new system but also had to deal with injuries and sickness, it was the perfect formula to get the players prepared for the postseason.
“I’ve seen a wonderful progression,” said Jeremy Richards, whose team is 19-15.
One outside hitter position has required shifting. Starter Miranda Pruitt was sidelined nearly five weeks with mononucleosis. Her replacement, Ashley Zellers, suffered a fractured bone in her foot, requiring Breanna Kelley to be summoned.
Pruitt is back, and the Hawks, who have lost four matches to Class 1A opponents, are set for the regional.
“We’re back clicking on all cylinders,” Richards said.
Ali Stigers is the other outside hitter. Cedar Richardson and Terra Rumer are the middle hitters. Taylor Wienke and Stephanie Sanderson share the setting duties in the first year of a 6-2 offense.
“The girls have bought into the system,” Richards said. “For the team, with our lack of size, we have to take advantage of the height we have.”
Middle hitters often are replaced by a libero in the back row, but Richards has kept Richardson in for all rotations.
“She passes so well and covers a lot of the floor,” he said. “She’s my emotional leader, always has a positive attitude and keeps the team focused.”
Libero Jennifer Lannon plays defense when Rumer rotates to the back row.

Regional title recap

Nine of the 47 area schools that are competing in volleyball this season have never won a regional championship. A look at the most recent year for area schools to celebrate a postseason crown:
Arcola    2006
Argenta-Oreana    1983
Armstrong-Potomac    1999
Arthur-Lovington    1997
Atwood-Hammond    None
Bement    1990
Bismarck-Henning    2011
Blue Ridge    None
Buckley Christ Lutheran    None
Centennial    2011
Cerro Gordo    None
Champaign Central    2010
Chrisman    None
Cissna Park    2011
Clinton    2005
Danville    1988
DeLand-Weldon    None
Fisher    2011
Georgetown-Ridge Farm    1985
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley    1997
Heritage    2011
Hoopeston Area    2000
Iroquois West    2003
Judah Christian    None
LeRoy    None
Mahomet-Seymour    1996
Milford    1995
Monticello    2007
Oakwood    2001
Paxton-Buckley-Loda    2004
Prairie Central    1995
Rantoul    2002
Ridgeview    2009
Salt Fork    1993
Schlarman    2010
Shiloh    1989
St. Joseph-Ogden    2010
St. Thomas More    2011
Sullivan    2007
Tri-County    2011
Tuscola    2008
Unity    2008
Urbana    None
Urbana Uni High    None
Villa Grove    None
Watseka    2011
Westville    2005

Area notebook

Regular season East Central Illinois Conference winner DeLand-Weldon has the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage for the league tournament. The Eagles are hosting the eight-school event. In regular season play, D-W was 7-0 in ECIC matches. Three schools were 5-2 and shared second place: Decatur Lutheran, Judah Christian and Urbana Uni High. The finals are Saturday.

Top 10

Our updated ranking of area teams:
TEAM (previous)    RECORD
1. Centennial (1)    31-4
Postseason: Urbana 3A Regional
2. Central (3)    28-7
Postseason: Urbana 3A Regional
3. Tri-County (2)                       30-2    
Postseason: Hutsonville 1A Regional
4. Watseka (6)                         27-3    
Postseason: Watseka 2A Regional
5. Clinton (4)                            27-8    
Postseason: Maroa-Forsyth 2A Regional
6. Schlarman (7)                     22-3    
Postseason: Milford 1A Regional
7. PBL (8)                               24-4    
Postseason: Unity 2A Regional
8. St. Joseph-Ogden (5)            21-7    
Postseason: Unity 2A Regional
9. Arthur-L. (9)                     23-5    
Postseason: Bethany 1A Regional
10. Bismarck-Henning (NR)    17-6
Postseason: Bismarck-Henning 2A Regional

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stacybeth wrote on October 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

Mr. Kroner,

Just a quick fact check for you.  Lovington won it's last regional in 2003 and Arthur won it's first regional in 2011.  So the last time either team had  post season win was last year, not 1997.  Thank you.