The streak goes on.
The Pekin girls volleyball team kept its perfect start to the season alive with a two set win over Mid-Illini Conference opponent Canton Tuesday in Dawson Hawkins Gymnasium.
Pekin (23-0-1, 9-0) won 25-11, 25-20 behind 15 kills from junior Hannah Thompson and 18 assists from Haley Peterson.
Canton (3-17, 0-9) entered the match on a seven game losing streak. Pekin, conversely, entered the match coming off a first place finish in the Pekin Invitational, the first win in its own tournament in head coach Yvonne Thompson’s 17-year tenure.
The Lady Dragons have swept their last 12 sets, or six matches after sweeping Saturday’s tournament.
On Tuesday, Pekin raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first set and slowly moved away from the Little Giants before defeating Canton by scoring eight of nine points.
Yvonne Thompson subbed in members of her bench throughout the first set and continued to get playing time to other players in a majority of the second set.
“It was good to get everybody in,” Yvonne Thompson said. “Everybody got a chance to play incase they are needed in the second half of the season, they can play their role.”
Yvonne Thompson credited junior Danielle Tyler, who had never played front row before Tuesday’s match, finishing the match with a pair of kills for the Lady Dragons.
Maddy Cash and Olivia Theleritis each had a pair of aces and Theleritis had a team-high six digs.
The match was the second for Pekin in the back half of Mid-Illini Conference play. Pekin defeated Dunlap Thursday to open the second portion of the conference season.
Yvonne Thompson wants to see maintained intensity in the second half of the season from her team.
Pekin played at Canton Sept. 8 and won by the exact same score, 25-11, 25-20. Despite the same score, Yvonne Thompson was impressed with the Little Giants the second time around.
“I thought Canton’s improved a lot,” Thompson said.
The Lady Dragons moved up in the MaxPreps ranking to No. 7 in the state and No. 5 in Class 4A.
Pekin hosts East Peoria at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Volley for the Cure match.
SOPHOMORE SURGE: The varsity team isn’t the only unbeaten squad at Pekin. The sophomore team improved to 14-0, 9-0 with a 25-16, 25-12 win over Canton prior to the varsity game.