MOUNT PULASKI - Glance through the
window of Pizza Man Pizza at about 7:50
Fans and volleyball players have
filled the place. They are laughing,
posing for pictures and sharing a slice
Never mind the pie; it occurs to
senior middle hitter Christina Stoll
that this kind of interaction is harder
to come by elsewhere.
"I love it so much," Stoll said.
"Small town. Everybody knows who you
are. They know you play volleyball, and
everyone gives their support no matter
For that reason, the Lady Hilltoppers'
bandwagon shouldn't see many new members
following Monday's win against
Jacksonville Routt in the Class A
By dispatching of the Lady Rockets
24-26, 25-19, 25-10, the Mount Pulaski
team clinched a berth in the state
finals for the first time since 2004.
"We haven't been in a couple years,"
Coach Donna Dulle said with a smile
afterward. "It's good to get back."
The Lady 'Toppers (26-14) will play
Deer Creek-Mackinaw (33-4) in the state
semifinals at 9:30 a.m. Friday at
Redbird Arena in Normal. Mount Pulaski
High School plans to cancel Friday
classes as a result.
"Yeah," Dulle said, "I like that."
Tickets, which cost $8 for an
individual session, went on sale at 7:30
a.m. today in the high school office.
They can also be purchased at Redbird
Arena or online at www.IHSA.org.
How big will the Mount Pulaski
contingency be? Senior libero Elizabeth
Fanning would like to think at least as
big as the town's population - 1,700.
"Everybody comes to all the games,"
Fanning said. "Everybody's always there,
cheering and supporting us."