The Geneseo varsity volleyball team went 1-1 in conference action this past week with a win over Streator, but a loss to Ottawa.

The Geneseo varsity volleyball team went 1-1 in conference action this past week with a win over Streator, but a loss to Ottawa.

Geneseo vs. Streator

It wasn’t just about a game for the Lady Leafs Oct. 15, it was about three special guests, Dawson DeCap, Robbie Tesmond and Dylan Pankey, who all have survived childhood cancer, when Geneseo hosted its Volley for a Cause night.

“They used that as motivation and the girls were very excited to have the three children there and raising all the money they did,” said head coach Khloe Beaird. “They had a nice goal and they exceeded that. There were times in the game where I saw them get really excited.”

It was a double win for the Lady Leafs Tuesday night as the girls raised money to fight childhood cancer, and notched a 25-21 and 25-21 victory over Streator.

Heather Hickenbottom led the way for the Lady Leafs as she put away six kills; followed by Jamie DeFauw and Kaylie Piekos with five apiece.

DeFauw shut down Streator’s offensive attack with six blocks, and Shaina Lohman had one.

“I think starting different rotations makes us shaky in the beginning, but I did see times when we were on fire with our blocking and kills,” said Beaird. “We are trying to see if we are going to stick with a 6-2 or go with a 5-1 offense. We are getting girls on the court to see what they can do.”

Kylie Gerhardt dug up 10 of Streator’s attempts to score to lead the team, along with 12 assists and two aces.

Kristen Nguyen finished the game with seven digs, and Heather Setser had six.

Setser also contributed one ace; while Kylie Kelsall had one ace and three assists. Andrea Beck and Lohman also had one assist apiece.

Geneseo vs. Ottawa

Despite coming back to take game two, the Lady Leafs were unable to hang on for the victory in game three as the squad fell, 17-25, 25-22 and 17-25 to host Ottawa Oct. 10.

“Our passing stats were amazing that night with hardly any passing errors,” said Beaird. “We just had a hard time finding Ottawa’s holes. The girls played well that night, and, regardless, I am really proud of them. They came out and played hard.”

Setser led the defensive effort for Geneseo as she dug up 26 of Ottawa’s attempts to score; while Kamber Causemaker had 14 digs and Nguyen, 12.

Jordan DePauw was the leader of the defense at the net with three blocks; followed by DeFauw, Gerhardt and Lohman, all with one.

Offensively, DeFauw led the team with six kills; while Hannah Evans put away four and Hickenbottom, three.

Gerhardt finished the night with 15 assists; while Setser and Lohman each had one.

Gerhardt also led the team in aces with three; followed by Hickenbottom and Nguyen with one apiece.

“I think I am seeing that team we wanted to see at the beginning of the season,” said Beaird. “If we play the way we did against Ottawa they are going to do really well. They are really coming together.”

The Lady Leafs will next host Dixon at 5 p.m. Oct. 22.