WOODSTOCK – Amy Majercik couldn't help think back to two years ago Tuesday night, hoping to get one more shot at Marian Central, which ended Johnsburg's season in the regional finals.
But the Johnsburg senior outside hitter knew that couldn't happen if the top-seeded Skyhawks didn't take care of their business in the semifinal against Woodstock. They didn't waste any time, sweeping the Blue Streaks 25-18 and 25-7 to advance to Thursday night's regional championship match.
"They remember that bitter taste and so we wanted to get to Thursday night," Johnsburg coach Sue Feely said. "They knew they had to do this to get to Thursday night."
Majercik had a big say in moving Johnsburg forward. She led Johnsburg with 13 kills while Ashly Schmitt had eight kills, 12 digs in four assists. Georgia Wicker led Woodstock with 11 digs to go along with nine by Brecken Overly.
"We have to push as a team and move farther," Majercik said. "We haven't moved farther in a long time and so now's the time to go."
Woodstock (8-27) started well, playing what coach Meghan Mullaney said was her team's best volleyball in the opening game. But Johnsburg quickly took over and closing out the match by jumping out to a quick lead in Game 2 and never looking back.
"I thought we did a nice job against a good team," Mullaney said.