The Princeton girls golf team carded a 420 on Wednesday to earn the third and final sectional berth out of the Class A Mercer County Regional.
The Tigresses finished behind Geneseo (382) and Rock Island Alleman (411), but beat Rockridge (428) for the final spot in Monday’s Monmouth United Sectional.
“Once again our team overcame adversity and like our whole season has gone, we accepted the challenge head on and were able to persevere,” PHS coach Will Gross said. “With a late scratch, we took only four girls to compete, so each knew they had to do everything in their power to shoot the lowest possible score to help our team advance to our second consecutive sectional.
“It was a proud moment for me to watch the girls play with the belief and confidence it takes to succeed in the postseason.”
Junior Sophia Suarez led Princeton with a 97 to place fifth individually.
Also scoring for the Tigresses were Arraia Hicks (99), Audra Reidner (108) and Sarah Crowe (116).
“Sophia Suarez and Arraia Hicks played very solid golf from beginning to end and did exactly what I have come to expect of them and that is place themselves in the best possible position and achieve top eight finishes,” Gross said. “Audra Reidner got off to a slow start, but she regained her composure and shot a very solid round of golf. Sarah Crowe came out and had a fantastic front nine and struggled early on the back nine, but managed to take what the course gave her and posted a score we needed to assist the team.”
Henry senior Kelsey Pieper tied for the final individual sectional spot by shooting a 112.
IVCC def. Carl Sandburg 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-22
Ottawa graduate Lisa Lukkari had 16 assists, 14 digs, six points and a pair of aces Wednesday to help the Lady Eagles to an Arrowhead Conference victory in Galesburg.
La Salle-Peru alumna Taylor Gunia had seven points and two aces, while Marquette graduate Jessica Jessen added 22 digs, six points and a pair of aces for IVCC (19-9, 7-3 Arrowhead).
Hall junior Al Baldonado ran a 16:40 on Wednesday at Lake Mendota to win the individual title and help the Red Devils to a second-place finish in a five-team meet.
Hall had 48 points to finish behind Dixon (20), but ahead of Streator (90), Mendota (101) and Oregon (117).
Christian Garcia (17:21) and Rosy Fuentes (17:25) placed ninth and 10th, respectively, for the Red Devils.
Lukas Brandner led the Trojans by finishing 12th in 17:33.
In the girls race, the Lady Trojans took second with 69 points.
Dixon won with 15, Streator was third with 88, Hall was fourth with 97 and Oregon was fifth with 103.
Emily Ross led Mendota by placing ninth in 22:11.
Hall’s Kaylee Olivares finished sixth in 21:53.
Orion def. Hall 25-11, 25-18
Hall senior setter Vanessa Olivares had five assists and five digs Wednesday as the Lady Red Devils dropped a Three Rivers Conference South Division match in Orion.
Brooke Keegan had seven assists for Hall (4-25, 1-8 TRC South), while Elle Herrmann had four kills.