Make it two straight wins to start Mid-Illini Conference play for the defending conference champion Pekin volleyball team.

The Dragons defeated visiting Canton 25-9, 25-11 Thursday.

Bradley recruit Hannah Thompson had a dozen kills, a dozen digs and three service aces for Pekin and Brooke Sherwood dished out 13 assists against the Little Giants.

FRESHMAN PHENOM: Bloomington Central Catholic and Peoria Notre Dame beat the Pekin girls golf team Thursday in a triangular match at Lick Creek.

Central Catholic, led by freshman Kylie Hundman’s 4-over-par 40 on the front nine, scored 186. Notre Dame (207) and Pekin (233) followed the Saints.

“It wasn’t a good day for the Lady Dragons,” said Pekin coach Chris Neville, who noted that junior Madison Raines provided the lone bright spot for his team.

Raines birdied the par-5 sixth hole en route to recording her low nine-hole score of the season (50).

Summer Dick (54), Hannah McDonald (64) and Jaden Rogers (65) also scored for Pekin (3-5). Sarah Butler (72) also competed for the Dragons.

Neville said Lick Creek played fast and firm in preparation for this weekend’s Lick Creek Invitational, which made Hundman’s score and Central Catholic’s team score even more impressive.

“Central Catholic’s 186 with four freshmen playing varsity sends a message that they will be very good for years to come,” Neville said.

Katie Steinman (47), Olivia Campbell (47) and Faith Glazebrook (52) also scored Thursday for Central Catholic.

Sidney Jockisch and Chelsea Guingrich each had 50 for Notre Dame. Emma Geers (52) and Mara McCarthy (55) also scored for the Irish.

TOUGH LOSS: Some losses are more difficult to take than others.

The Pekin girls tennis team had one of those defeats Wednesday, losing 5-4 to Macomb in a non-conference competition.

Four matches were decided by tie-breakers — two in singles and two in doubles — and the Dragons lost each one of them. One win by Pekin in those matches would have given the Dragons the team victory.

There was a bit of a silver lining for Pekin.

“We’re getting off to slow starts in matches and having to claw our way back,” said coach Gary Garver. “The good news is we’re doing a good job of fighting back but in many cases, it’s too little, too late.”

Rachel Bresnahan (No. 3 singles), Amara Howell (No. 4 singles) and Gina Olsen (No. 6) all had straight sets wins for Pekin against Macomb, “although Rachel was down 4-1 in the first set before figuring out her opponent and running away with the match (7-5, 6-0),” Garver said.

Pekin’s Jaclyn Mulvey and Kaitlin Dunn got off to a good start in their No. 1 doubles match and kept their foot on the gas, according to Garver, in winning 6-3, 6-3.

 

Steve Stein can be reached at stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.