It looked as if ’s postseason run was about to end.
Lockport had a 25-24 lead and the serve during the third game of the second Aurora West girls volleyball sectional semifinal Tuesday in Aurora.
A serve into the net gave No. 9 Plainfield Central life and it took advantage to post a 25-22, 15-25, 27-25 win over No. 7 Lockport Township High School.
The resurgent Wildcats (23-15) will take on No. 1 Benet Academy (35-3) for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday.
After Lockport took a 25-24 lead on a hitting error by Plainfield Central, the Porters were in position for victory.
A serve error left the door open for the Wildcats’ third upset in the state tournament.
“We opened the door for them and it is what it is,” retiring Lockport coach Julia Hudson said. “They took advantage of it.”
“We were stunned. Shocked,” Plainfield Central coach Jessica Clark said. “I don’t even know what to say about that one. But (Lockport) played a really great game. They tested us. I have nothing but respect for their team and their coaching staff.”
“That was the best feeling ever because we didn’t have to worry about making a mistake,” Plainfield Central senior setter Taryn Trubich said.
“Oh my gosh! Did that just happen?” Plainfield Central senior outside hitter Erin Hyland said. “I could not believe it. The game was on our side, then. Every team makes errors and good teams feed off that. That’s how we got it done.”
An ace by Shannon Hagen and Hyland’s kill from Trubich sent the Wildcats to their first sectional championship game since 1988.
“It came down to those last four points,” Clark said. “Those last six or seven points, they really showed how much heart this team has.”
Hyland led Plainfield Central with 10 kills. Trubich dished out 20 assists and Dana Peterson came up with 15 digs. Emily O’Bradovich had a team-high six blocks.
Benet Academy advanced by beating No. 13 Oswego 25-13, 25-16 in the first sectional semifinal contest.