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Mooseheart Volleyball Falls to Somonauk; Heads to IHSA Playoffs on Monday

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Playing before a large, noisy crowd for its final home match of the season, Mooseheart’s girls volleyball team put together a solid effort, which came up short in a 25-11, 25-17 scoreline against a very strong Somonauk team.


Mooseheart’s next match is its playoff opener, a 6:30 Monday contest against Indian Creek in the opening round of the Ashton-Franklin Center Class 1A Regional.


Somonauk has always been a difficult opponent for Mooseheart, but this year, the Bobcats are having their best season in years, having recently won the Little 10 Conference tournament title for the first time since 1993.


“They have a history of being good and, walking into it, we knew it was going to be a fight,” Mooseheart volleyball coach Kristin Shuman said. “We got a couple points off the bat and got some energy, and then they came out swinging. It’s hard when they’re that tall and that good of hitters. There’s not really much we can do.”


Mooseheart struggled through the first set, but the second set was much closer. Despite Somonauk leading most of the way, Mooseheart closed to 15-12 at one point, thanks in large part to some strong serving by Destiny Lewis.


“She had something like five aces in a row,” Shuman said. “If you can get an ace, that’s obviously the best way to get a point, getting those quick, easy points. Even after that, we did well and finished strong.”


Through the regular season, Mooseheart’s defense has been its strength with the Ramblers extending rallies and creating situations where the other team makes mistakes. Somonauk’s offense was strong enough to keep Mooseheart’s defense on its heels.


“We don’t have a lot of height and power in our hitters, so we’re not usually that offensive a team,” Shuman said. “Our strength is our defense, and the success we have is how we move on the court. We’re scrappy and fast, but once that stops, we can get overwhelmed.”


Shuman said Somonauk could be a good lead-in to the playoff match against Indian Creek.


“We won earlier this week at Kirkland Hiawatha, which helps the confidence,” Shuman said. “We have played Indian Creek this season and we took one game of three against them, though we lost. If we play our game, we have a good chance of being successful.”

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