STREAMWOOD – Huntley and Wheaton Warrenville South did just about everything to extend their seasons Friday.
After a one-minute, 10-second rally that had players colliding on the court, big swings and big digs and a volleyball clanking off a basketball hoop, it was Wheaton Warrenville South that celebrated last.
A final swing by Huntley's Kylie Jenkins didn't make it back over the net, and the Tigers' bench and fans stormed the court to celebrate a wild, 26-24, 25-23 victory in the Class 4A Streamwood Supersectional.
Wheaton Warrenville South trailed, 21-13, in the second set but stormed all the way back to shock the Raiders and advance to next weekend's state semifinals at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena in Normal.
The Tigers (32-8) are making only their second state appearance in program history (2002) and will face Fremd about 7 p.m. Friday. Huntley (34-6) was going for its first state appearance since 2001.
"Everything came to an end," Huntley four-year varsity setter Taylor Jakubowski said. "There was a long rally ... and I thought we had it in the end. But they had it, and they gave more fight than us. They're a great team, and there's nothing else we can do."
The ball went back over the net 20 times on the last point. Near the start of the long rally, Wheaton Warrenville South's Zayna Meyer and Lizzie Chiesa each dived to the floor and collided to save a likely point headed for the back line.
Later, a one-handed dig save by libero Darby Harris was popped into the air, smacking the side of a basketball hoop tucked away in the ceiling, and eventually sent back over to Huntley.
"We never had any doubt," said Harris, who posted 16 digs. "It was just endurance. We've been waiting for this moment all season long."
The Tigers ended the match on a 12-2 run.
"It was crazy. It was awesome, because we came back from such a low point," said Tigers junior Zayna Meyer, who had nine kills and nine digs. "We just wanted it so bad. We just kept fighting and fighting. We were not going to let the ball drop."
Huntley (34-6) led, 8-2, in the first set and withstood an 11-1 run by the Tigers, eventually taking a 23-21 lead. Wheaton Warrenville South won five of the final six points. Huntley had set point at 24-23.
"We just didn't come out strong tonight," said Huntley senior libero Josie Schmitendorf, who had 18 digs. "We got a little timid and didn't play our best game. Supersectionals, you've got to be on top of your game."
Huntley's Kylie Jenkins led everyone with 11 kills. Jakubowski posted 21 assists, 13 digs and three kills; Emma Konie had seven kills and eight digs; Ashley Konecki had six kills; and Katelyn Bower had four kills.
The Raiders graduate seven seniors. Huntley won its second Fox Valley Conference championship since 2016, fourth straight regional title and first sectional title since 2001.
"It was a [heck] of a season," Huntley coach Karen Naymola said. "Unfortunately, we could not get our offense going. They were playing their hearts out; our girls were playing our hearts out on defense.
"These seniors will be missed so much. They're such a great group and provided our team with so much leadership. Knowing their season is over, it's sad."
"It went by so fast," added Jakubowski, a Seton Hall commit who finished second all-time in state history with 3,557 assists. "So many people said it was going to, and I didn't believe them. It's a long four years. It's crazy how fast it ends."
STAR OF THE MATCH
Huntley, sr., OH
Jenkins came up big in many key moments and led everyone with 11 kills.
2: Taylor Jakubowski finished second all-time in state history with 3,557 career assists.
AND ANOTHER THING ...
This season, Huntley won its second Fox Valley Conference title in four years, fourth straight regional title and first sectional title since 2001.