Girls Volleyball: Almost perfect Richmond Burton rolls past Kaneland

Updated: October 30, 2012 8:30PM

Richmond-Burton played a nearly flawless match Tuesday as the Rockets defeated Kaneland 25-7, 25-18 in the 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 match-high 15 kills on the night in the opening game. Richmond-Burton closed the opening game on a 15-2 run.

“The passing was huge for us tonight,” said Frantti. “In order for us to play the type of game we want, 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 surging to a quick 6-1 lead. Kaneland (23-13) would respond and make a game of it 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 the match 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,” said Weimer. “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 the Knights’ season ended Tuesday, coach Weimer has a lot to be proud of.

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

The Knights were led by Maddie King with six kills, Katy Dudzinski with seven digs, and Ashley Prost had 10 assists.

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

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