Geneseo's volleyball team finished the regular season, set a new single-season record for wins and advanced to the Princeton Regional championships match.
Geneseo’s volleyball team finished the regular season, set a new single-season record for wins and advanced to the Princeton Regional championships match.
Geneseo at Rochelle
The Lady Leafs earned a 25-19, 25-15 victory over Rochelle on Oct. 16.
Geneseo’s Maddi Barickman did a little bit of everything finishing with 22 assists, three kills, three blocks, nine digs and an ace.
Geneseo’s Maggi Weller provided the defense with 16 digs and two aces, and Abbi Barickman led the offense with six kills.
A senior, Emily Pobanz tallied four kills, and Alex Horne finished with three kills and five blocks.
Hannah Himmelman had a solid game with four kills, three blocks and four digs, and Bailey Mitchell finished with two kills.
Ottawa at Geneseo
The Lady Leafs had a stellar showing on Senior Night defeating the Lady Pirates 25-10, 25-7 on Oct. 18.
Geneseo finished the regular season 21-12-2 with a 4-4 record in the Northern Illinois Big 12.
Horne continued to be a force at the net with four blocks and two kills, and Keeli Frerichs finished with seven digs, two aces and a kill.
Geneseo’s Maddi Barickman tallied 14 assists, four aces and five digs, and Abbi Barickman tacked on five kills and a dig.
Pobanz finished with five kills, and Maggi Weller added three digs.
Elli Weller had a strong defensive performance with four digs, an ace and a block.
Cora Varland had a nice night at the net with a kill, a block and three dig, and Rachel Daniels finished with a block and three digs.
Geneseo’s Hannah Adams added a pair of assists, and Himmelman finished with an ace, a kill, two blocks and two digs.
Class 3A Princeton Regional
Geneseo fell behind host Princeton early in each set, but the Lady Leafs battled back for a 27-25, 25-23 victory over host Princeton on Oct. 23.
With their 22nd victory of the season, the Lady Leafs achieved their goal of breaking the school record for wins.
“It’s a great honor,” said Maggi Weller, a sophomore libero. “I think this is definitely going to be a team to remember.”
After falling behind 14-10 in the opening set, Geneseo’s Maddi Barickman hit an ace to help the Lady Leafs climb back into the game.
A sophomore, Maddi Barickman had a kill to get Geneseo to within a point, trailing 17-16.
Maddi Barickman tallied 20 assists, five digs, three aces and a block.
A play later, Geneseo’s Horne leaped to make a block to tie the game at 17.
Horne had an impressive performance at the net with seven blocks, two digs and two kills.
With Princeton leading 22-20, Horne and Himmelman teamed up for a block at the net to get Geneseo back within a point.
Emily Pobanz put away a kill to seal the first game for Geneseo 27-25.
A senior, Pobanz finished with eight kills, two digs and two blocks.
However, Geneseo fell behind in the second set 11-6.
A kill from Pobanz sparked a Geneseo comeback run, and the Lady Leafs quickly tied the match at 12.
Princeton reclaimed the lead and held a 21-18 advantage when Horne put away a kill to end a Tigers’ run.
A few plays later, Geneseo’s Abbi Barickman knocked down a kill to give Geneseo a 24-22 lead before closing out the match.
This season the Lady Leafs have formed an identity around being a scrappy team that will battle until the end.
“It shows we never give up and we never quit,” Abbi Barickman said. “We’ve had multiple games like this where we come back. It’s kind of our attitude to never quit and we can’t stop.”
Abbi Barickman finished with six kills and four digs, and Maggi Weller finished with eight digs.
Daniels tacked on eight digs, and Frerichs finished with nine digs.
Himmelman added two digs, two blocks and two kills, Elli Weller finished with seven digs, and Varland added three blocks.
In her fourth season as coach, Casey Komel believes a new found confidence has paved the way to a record-setting season.
“I remember the girls saying, ‘We didn’t believe in ourselves until you believed in us,’” Komel said. “This group of girls, they have the confidence they know what to do. They have been playing long enough and they have put in all the hours of work. I think the confidence level on the court is just at a higher level than other years.”
Geneseo’s next game will be at the Princeton Regional finals against Mendota on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.