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Updated: October 22, 2012 9:55PM
Heading to the Moline Tournament at the midpoint of the season, Bolingbrook’s record stood at a pedestrian 11-12-2.
Winning the tournament jump-started the Raiders and they haven’t lost since.
Bolingbrook continued its hot play Monday, defeating host Romeoville 25-13, 25-20 in a Class 4A quarterfinal to win its 11th straight match.
“We won first at Moline and I think that’s what kick-started us,” Bolingbrook coach Andrea Bercot said. “We’ve made a couple changes but (the winning streak) is a combination of things.”
Bolingbrook improved to 22-12-2 and will face Lockport on Tuesday in the semifinals. Bolingbrook’s previous best record was set in 1972 when the Raiders went 17-5.
“Those tournament wins really boosted our confidence,” Bolingbrook’s Ciara Hill said. “We’ll be ready for tomorrow.”
Hill starred for the Raiders, finishing with 10 kills, four aces and two blocks. The senior’s 7-0 service run in the first set featured all four of her aces to help Bolingbrook blow open the game after trailing 8-7.
The Raiders closed on a dominant 18-5 stretch.
Locked in a close battle in the second game, Hill was everywhere as Romeoville tried to climb back into it. Contributing six kills. she closed the match in style, winning two jump balls at the net and putting them down in between the Romeoville defense.
“We had that feeling like we can’t lose,” Hill said. “Especially with this being a rival, we had to keep going and beat them. We came in with the thought that there was no way we were going to lose.”
Romeoville closed the season at 2-26. Kiera Currie, Kurin Czerwin and Gianna Dever had two kills apiece for the Spartans and Danielle Neugebauer added five assists.
“Despite our losses, this team was in every game,” Romeoville coach Deb Fehrenbacher said. “We put ourselves in a hole but we always fought, especially that second game. They’re fighters.”