GLASFORD - In a rare Friday night match, Quincy Notre Dame closed the curtain on Eureka's season with a 23-25, 25-20, 25-16 victory in the Illini Bluffs Supersectional.
QND (32-8) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the deciding set. The Hornets (30-8) got within 9-8, but the Raiders eventually pushed the margin out to 10 at 21-11.
"It's never good to be down five at any point," said Eureka coach Tracy Heffren. "It was not a good way to start the third set. We knew they (QND) were going to be a big challenge and they were. Our girls fought all night long and played to the very last point."
Sydney Hummert, one of four sophomores who start for QND, registered a match-high 19 kills. As a team, the Raiders recorded 41 kills.
Hailey Flowers led the Hornets with 14 kills, while Courtney Heffren followed with 13. The junior duo combined for 27 of Eureka's 31 kills.
"They are a good team," commented Raiders' coach Rich Meyer about Eureka. "They came out the first game and they did not make any mistakes. I do not know how much better you can play than what they played the first game."
The victory was number 1,051 for the QND program and put them into the state finals for the 14th time.
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