La Salle-Peru senior middle hitter Kalli Herron had seen this type of performance before.

Sixteen kills in a two-game match by a player adorned in Cavalier Red and Green.

It brings back the memories of the dominating performances that Jazzmyne Robbins churned out the past couple years with Herron by her side.

Well, now Herron can officially add Tuesday night to that list of a jaw-dropping kill totals for L-P.

Herron dominated against Streator, putting down a career-high 16 kills with nine points, one block and four digs to lead L-P to a 25-14, 25-17 NCIC Reagan Division win over the Lady Bulldogs at La Salle-Peru.

"I had a really good warm-up, and when I have a really good warm-up, I kind of know that a good game is coming," said Herron, a Northern Michigan University recruit. "I don't want to get too cocky about it because I don't want to choke, but, yeah, it started off in warm-ups, and my team was definitely there, too."

From warm-ups to final whistle, Herron took over.

She had four kills in game one's first 14 points as the Lady Cavaliers (19-1, 8-0 in NCIC Reagan) took an early 9-5 lead.

A string of Streator hitting errors on the serve of Herron built the L-P lead to 13-5, and the Lady Cavalier lead later ballooned to 10 at 17-7 on a string of points that included kills by Sammi Herron and Brittnee Wojciechowski and a block by Alyssa Tomaszewski.

"The first game was fine. I was pleased with our performance in game one," La Salle-Peru head coach Mark Haberkorn said. "I thought our performance was very workman-like. We didn't seem to have a lot of energy all night. It was almost a blue-collar effort in game one."

Streator (5-16, 3-5) pulled within six points on a kill by Stevie Gegg, but L-P junior setter Courtney Carey started to set kills like crazy.

Back-to-back kills by Wojciechowski and Kalli Herron put the Lady Cavaliers up 20-12, and Kalli Herron sent down a pair of kills down the stretch to seal the deal.

"She was unstoppable (Tuesday) night," Haberkorn said of Kalli Herron. "Over the past two weeks, she has been the best hitter in the conference. She has been taking charge at the net."

No one seemed to take charge to begin the second game.

Streator stayed within two points of the Lady Cavaliers for a majority of the second game despite a dominating five-point stretch from Kalli Herron, who totaled four kills and a block in the run.

Tomaszewski and Sammi Herron each put down two kills, but L-P still couldn't shake free of the Lady Bulldogs.

"We have improved a lot," Streator head coach Rob Tyne said. "There's no pressure on us. It's all on them. We blocked (Kalli Herron) twice, so that's a good thing. That's encouraging for us."

Unfortunately, Streator needed more than two blocks to stop Kalli Herron.

The Lady Bulldogs pulled ahead at 13-12 on a block by Gegg, but behind four kills by Kalli Herron and one by Sammi Herron, L-P jumped out to a 20-15 lead.

Tomaszewski added a kill and a block in crunch time to help the Lady Cavaliers pull out the second game and the match.

"We have been working a lot with our setters and stuff since (senior setter) Heather (Smith) has been gone, and Courtney Carey has really stepped it up," Kalli Herron said. "Her sets are perfect. They were right there. So that was definitely a big help, and our passes were right there, too, so that helped out a lot."

Gegg led Streator with four points and two blocks.

Carey finished with 29 assists to go along with eight points and eight digs, and Sammi Herron totaled eight kills.

Wojciechowski added five kills and five points with eight digs in the win for the Lady Cavaliers.

n Notes: According to Haberkorn, Smith will more than likely not be back from her ankle injury until the postseason with a Jones fracture in her fifth metatarsal … L-P now plays at Dixon on Thursday night … Next Thursday's match against Geneseo has been moved to next Wednesday night. It was also be L-P's Volley for the Cure night and Junior High Night at L-P. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer, and all junior high players and coaches will be admitted for free … The La Salle-Peru sophomores pulled out a 25-5, 25-27, 25-11 victory over Streator, and the L-P freshmen also swept past Streator. The L-P Red team won 25-9, 25-20, while L-P Green prevailed 25-15, 25-18.

Jim Cogdal can be reached at 223-3200, ext. 139, or at sports@newstrib.com.

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