Raiders top Metamora volleyball team

Bryan Veginski
East Peoria seniors Brooke Jacobs, left, and Whitney Adams both scramble to keep possession alive for the volleyball team Oct. 21 in a Mid-Illini Conference match at Washington. The Raiders entered the postseason with a 9-21 record.

East Peoria had a chance Oct. 21 to wrap up solo sixth place in the Mid-Ilini Conference volleyball standings.

But Washington had other ideas and fended off the Raiders, 25-18, 17-25, 25-16, in a match in Torry Gymnasium.

Brooke Jacobs guided East Peoria with 14 digs and eight aces. She also shared the team

lead with Whitney Adams with five kills.

Piilani Noguchi produced 21 assists and Cassidy Troup blocked a Lady Panthers attack.

Adams also reached double figures with 11 digs as the Raiders settled for a regular-season split with Washington.

East Peoria fell in the sophomore (18-25, 6-25) and freshman (10-25, 12-25) matchups.

EP 25-25, Metamora 23-23

The Raiders ended the regular season Thursday with a stellar performance.

In the biggest M-I shocker of the season, East Peoria (9-21, 4-10) clinched sixth place in the final standings with a victory on its Senior Night.

At the same time, the Raiders kept Metamora from sharing the championship with Morton and Limestone.

Jacobs had eight kills, six digs and three aces to lead East Peoria in its biggest headline win in several years.

Noguchi was credited with five assists, while Chapman and CJ Buzzell made blocks.

The sixth place conference finish is the highest for the Raiders since the 2008 squad tied Pekin for sixth.

Postseason: East Peoria lost in two sets Monday to Washington in the Class 3A Olympia Regional quarterfinals.

The Lady Panthers moved on to the first semifinal Tuesday night to face No. 1 seed Morton.

The winner advanced to the regional title match at 6 p.m. Thursday against either Lincoln or the host Spartans.

The Olympia Regional champion proceeds to the Chillicothe Sectional semifinals to face the Dunlap Regional winner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.