Lutheran volleyball punches ticket to state for first time in school history

JOHNSBURG, Ill. (WIFR) Lutheran girls volleyball is statebound for the first time in school history after beating Timothy Christian 25-22, 25-23 in the 2A Johnsburg Super-Sectional Friday night.

The Crusaders fell behind in both sets, but were able to turn them around thanks to service aces by Katie Angel, Jaycie Sheean and Remmington Vincent.

"Oh my god, it's really crazy because we've never made it here before," said Vincent. "We've never made it to sectionals and now we're going to state and it's just crazy. I'm just glad to be a part of a team that can actually make it down there."

Junior outside hitter Lauren Spangler led the team with seven kills while Katie Wilhelmi added six and Kylie Wilhelmi notched five.

"It took us to wake up," said Spangler. "We were not awake in the first two sets. We just needed to wake up and start playing our own game because we were not playing our game."

"It's crazy," said head coach Jordan Haverly. "I would have never thought [this would happen] honestly. It's nuts to make this much history in one season. Our goal was to just win regionals so this is nuts."

Lutheran will play St. Teresa Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Redbird Arena in Normal.