Two tournaments, two championships.
That's what's on the undefeated Pekin volleyball team's impressive season resume after the Lady Dragons won the Rockford Jefferson Invitational on Saturday.
Pekin won the Quincy Early Bird tournament the previous week. Each tournament had eight teams in the field.
This is Yvonne Thompson's 17th year as the Pekin volleyball coach. She said her team never won two tournaments in a season until this year.
Pekin won its first Quincy Early Bird title Sept. 3. It's been a long time since the Lady Dragons won the Rockford Jefferson championship. They finished in fifth place last year.
"Everyone did a great job Saturday," Thompson said. "Our team is really progressing. Everyone knows their role and understands it and is doing the best she can in that role."
Pekin (11-0-1) took an unusual route to its latest Rockford Jefferson title, which came on a 25-15, 27-29, 15-9 win over Janesville (Wis.) Craig in the championship match.
The Lady Dragons split with Sterling 26-24, 23-25 and beat Auburn 25-8, 25-11 and Rockford Christian 25-8, 25-10 in pool games.
Pekin and Sterling each went 2-0-1 in pool play and tied for first place. The first two tie-breakers -- head-to-head competition and point differential in the game -- couldn't break the deadlock, so it came down to point differential in all three pool games.
The Lady Dragons couldn't allow Rockford Christian to score more than 10 points in a set, and they accomplished the feat.
"Our girls played smart volleyball against Rockford Christian, knowing what we had to do," Thompson said. "They played for points and didn't take any chances."
Pekin's Hannah Thompson pounded down 22 kills in the tournament championship match and teammate Haley Peterson dished out 31 assists. Olivia Theleritis had 11 digs for the Lady Dragons and Thompson had seven.
In the crucial Rockford Christian match, Thompson had nine kills, five digs and three ace serves, Maddy Cash had eight kills and five digs and Madison Cravens had four blocks. Lauren Juergens and Cravens each had three blocks against Auburn.
Next for Pekin: At East Peoria, 7 p.m. Tuesday (Mid-Illini Conference match).