Volleyball regional finals involving area teams
Flanagan-Cornell needed three sets and Lexington played just two, but they each shared in a positive result as both won Class 1A volleyball regional titles Thursday night.
The Falcons needed three sets to bump off No. 1 seed Milford at Grant Park, while the Minutemen handled host Schlarman in two sets in Danville.
Both teams will meet Monday in the second match at the Woodland Sectional.
DANVILLE — Lexington met the challenge of Schlarman head on with the hitting of Jayden Standish and Lauren Boyd as the Minutemen defeated the regional host 25-18, 25-18 to win their fifth straight regional title.
Standish and Boyd each had 8 kills for Lexington (27-7). Emma White had a strong floor game with 29 assists and 11 service points. Boyd and Raelyn Payne led the defense with 15 digs apiece.
Grant Park Regional
GRANT PARK — Flanagan-Cornell (17-13-1) won its third straight regional title but needed a decisive third a set to triumph. The Falcons whipped Milford 25-11, 17-25, 25-15.
Brittany Henson had 8 kills for the Falcons and Liberty Vollmer made 17 assists. Kylie Kindermann served up 10 points and came up with 5 digs. Kayla Van Weelden had 3 blocks.
There were a total of nine teams from the Heart of Illinois Conference to make regional finals, and six of a possible seven advanced to the sectional level in 1A and 2A.
In Class 1A at LeRoy, Blue Ridge defeated Armstrong 25-10, 25-19.
In Class 2A, Tri-Valley defeated El Paso-Gridley 25-18, 25-14 in El Paso. Dee-Mack won on its home floor, 25-16, 25-16 over Tremont. At St. Bede, Eureka advanced with a 25-4, 25-16 thrashing of the host Bruins. Heyworth dropped a tough, three set decision to Watseka 25-12, 21-25, 25-21 on the Warriors' home floor.