Woodstock overcame a sluggish stretch to advance in the regionals, outlasting Woodstock North in three sets in the Class 3A Woodstock North Regional on Monday.
The Blue Streaks won the final two sets (25-22 and 25-21) after North opened the match with a marathon 29-27 victory. It turned out to be just the nudge Woodstock needed.
"We were not ready to play," Streaks coach Meghan Mullaney. "We got off the bus and weren't ready, we got on the court, weren't ready and we warmed up and still weren't ready. We weren't ready until we were getting our butts kicked."
Woodstock (8-26), which will face top-seeded Johnsburg Tuesday night, slowly started to come around. Led by Amanda Jandernoa, who had nine kills and Megan Pautrat, who finished with seven kills and 15 digs, the Streaks used late surges in the second and third sets to edge the Thunder and move on.
Sam Abbatte led North (7-22) with nine kills to go along with 30 assists by Manda Landrey.
"We were nervous a little bit and we were just off," Mullaney said. "But we still pulled through and won. But I have a lot of fight on my team and I think that's what made the difference."