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Girls volleyball: Richmond-Burton overpowers Kaneland

Updated: December 1, 2012 4:47PM

Richmond-Burton played a nearly flawless match Tuesday as the Rockets defeated Kaneland 25-7, 25-18 in the Class 3A Marian Central Sectional in Woodstock.

The Rockets came ready to play in Game 1 as junior outside hitter and Penn State recruit Ali Frantti led Richmond-Burton (34-4) with nine of her game-high 15 kills in the opening game. Richmond-Burton closed the opening game on a 15-2 run.

“The passing was huge for us tonight,” Frantti said. “In order for us to play the type of game we need to, our passing has to be solid. We need to play one match at a time and not look too far ahead to reach our goals. We did that tonight against a good Kaneland team ”

Richmond-Burton got off to a fast start in Game 2, taking a quick 6-1 lead. Kaneland (23-13) would respond and make a game of it by closing to within three points at 21-18.

That would be the closest the Knights would get though, as senior middle hitter Kim Russell had three straight kills to close things out for the Rockets.

Kaneland coach Todd Weimer was happy with the effort his team gave on Tuesday.

“We lost a tough match to a really good team,” he said. “We couldn’t do much on defense and that really hurt us in this match. The way Richmond-Burton defended us really hurt us on offense. We came out very rusty in the first game, but I was very pleased with how we played in Game 2. I’m proud of the effort of our team.”

Although Kaneland’s season ended, Weimer was pleased by the team’s accomplishments.

“This was the first time we advanced to sectionals since 1991,” he said. “Hopefully this is the start of something great for Kaneland volleyball.”

The Knights were led by Ellie Dunn with six kills and Shayna Tucek with seven digs. Ashley Prost had 10 assists.

Richmond-Burton will play Marian Central Thursday night in the sectional finals.

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