Lady Falcons win first volleyball conference title in school history

Video highlights from Elverado vs. Joppa volleyball 10/02/18. (Doug Daniels Video)

By Doug Daniels /

October 2, 2018

  (Elkville, Ill.) - For the first time in program history, Elverado is a varsity volleyball conference champion, improving to 8-0 in the SEC with a dominating home win on Tuesday night over Joppa. EHS was playing on their new gym floor for the first time and christened it with a 25-5, 25-13 rout, their thirteenth win in a row.
  "Elverado High School has never won a conference championship in volleyball (until now)," said Lady Falcons head coach Donette Wheatley. "When we were in the Black Diamond, volleyball being a new sport for EHS, and we were playing much bigger schools and were new to the game. My first year as head coach, my J-V team won the BDC with a 10-2 record, that's the only volleyball conference title we've ever won."
  "In 1998 we finished 10-4 at the varsity level, and in 2000 we finished 9-5. In 1999 we finished 8-6, and all the rest of the years we finished .500 or worse. This is our fifth year in the SEC finishing second every year behind Cobden. We have wanted this for a very long time. I'm so happy and proud of these girls for accomplishing something no other team in school history has done. It's a great feeling and was a long time coming."
  Kaity Lewis racked up 7 kills, Allie Whittington, Jessica Elson and Emma Funk each had 2. Lewis and Morgan Cashion had the only digs for the Lady Falcons. Emma Yates tallied 7 assists and 4 service aces.
  "I hope the girls feed off of this and continue with the enthusiasm and instensity to carry us into the postseason," Wheatley added.
  The Falcons also won the junior varsity match, 25-7, 25-6. Abby Jeschke and Chloe Barnes each had 3 kills and Morgan Bernardini had 8 aces while scoring 22 points on her serve.
  "The J-V also finished 8-0, but they don't award anything for them in the conference," Wheatley said. "They also finished 8-0 in 2015."

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