St. Thomas More volleyball headed to state

SENECA — The journey will end at Redbird Arena for St. Thomas More volleyball.

And that’s quite all right.

STM made sure its season will conclude next weekend after the Sabers swept Aurora Christian 25-20, 25-19 on Friday night at the Class 2A Seneca Super-Sectional, sending STM to its first-ever state appearance.

STM volleyball has no shortage of athletes

CHAMPAIGN — That Mica Allison was an established talent was no secret when Stan Bergman arrived at St. Thomas More two seasons ago. The setter was already being recruited by top college programs around the country.

In the rest of the team, though, Bergman didn't know exactly what he had.

STM volleyball adds another chapter to amazing season

HOOPESTON — St. Thomas More volleyball coach Stan Bergman wanted to take the pressure off of his team.

So ahead of Wednesday night's Class 2A Hoopeston Area Sectional final against Tri-Valley, Bergman did his best to remove the target from his team's back.

HS 2A Volleyball Sectional: STM vs. Tri-Valley

St. Thomas More vs. Tri-Valley in a Class 2A Sectional championship volleyball match at John Greer Grade School in Hoopeston on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.

Area prep volleyball stats: Through Oct. 31


(Minimum 2.00 average)

Player, School Kills Avg.

Emily Duis, Milford 446 6.28

Savannah Matthews, M-S 392 4.90

Kennedy Bauer, Watseka 376 4.82

Maddy Hopkins, Blue Ridge 302 4.38

Gabby Wessels, Cissna Park 288 4.36

On cusp of Sweet 16, Central volleyball comes up just short

PONTIAC — Every point mattered.

When a volleyball program reaches the sectional semifinal stage, that's what should happen.

And that's what did on Monday night, but the ending didn't fit what Champaign Central was hoping for.

STM volleyball takes charge in sectional semifinal

HOOPESTON — It was the type of moment that timeouts were made for, and St. Thomas More volleyball coach Stan Bergman knew it.

HS 2A Volleyball Sectional: STM vs. Watseka

St. Thomas More vs. Watseka at the Class 2A Hoopeston Area Sectional semifinal match at John Greer Grade School in Hoopeston on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Maroons ready for sectional round this time

Champaign — The Champaign Central volleyball team was in this position last year, with everything to play for heading into sectionals, but the Maroons' mindset this year could hardly be different after dismantling Mahomet-Seymour and Urbana on their way to a dominant Class 3A regional title.

In 2016, the step into sectionals was unexpected. In 2017, they want more.

Game of the Week: Central vs. Mahomet-Seymour volleyball

The Champaign Central volleyball team won a regional title at Combes Gym on Thursday with a 25-14, 25-18 win over Mahomet-Seymour. Check out highlights here.