Emily Kelly led Central's attack with nine kills and had 12 digs, Megan Kelly had six kills, 16 assists and seven digs and Camryn Hausler and Paige Hulata had six kills and three blocks apiece.
Libero Kendall Lownds had 15 digs to lead the Tigers defensively and freshman Madeline Timmerman had four kills and a block after leading her team offensively in the semifinals.
Brunstrum, who is now 210-49 in her career, is hopeful that this year's team is the standard for future Tigers teams.
"Our five seniors (Megan Kelly, Emily Kelly, Doak, Lownds and Emma Gruper) really did a good job of setting the tone," Brunstrum said. "This is Tigers volleyball, this is what's acceptable, and this is what's not acceptable. Half of our roster is freshmen and sophomores. I hope this is inspiring with the freshmen and sophomores that are here. I hope they push even harder."
STAR OF THE MATCH
Emily Kelly, Crystal Lake Central, sr., OH
Kelly came out firing with five of her team-leading nine kills in the first set against St. Charles North. Her fifth ended the first set, and her ninth set up the match-winning block by her sister, Megan Kelly.
2: Crystal Lake Central has now won a match at the state tournament twice in school history (2007, 3A).
AND ANOTHER THING ...
The Tigers now have made three trips to the state tournament since 2007. They finished first (2007), fourth (2009), and third (2017). They made it to state in 1989 (AA), but did not place.