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October 3, 2013

Placek leads West past Central

TRAVERSE CITY — Everything came up roses for Katie Placek on Wednesday.

The Traverse City West volleyball star remained undefeated for her career against rival Traverse City Central and recorded her 1,000th career kill in the process.

"I was actually only one kill away," the junior said. "And if it would have happened over the weekend, it wouldn't have been as fun to do. I'm really glad I got to do it here with everyone."

The Titan crowd knew what was up, and started cheering loudly when Placek's first kill of the night gave West an early 3-1 lead in the first game and Titan players started immediately celebrating. The match was halted, and she was given the game ball and dozen white roses.

West went on to win 25-21, 25-10, 25-13 on Central's floor.

"That's a pretty big milestone for only being a junior and hitting 1,000 kills," West coach Emily Baumann said. "That's pretty awesome. We've very proud of her."

The milestone also puts Placek is pretty select company on the West volleyball record books — if there are any.

"I don't know if we have stats from way back," Baumann said when asked how many Titans have 1,000 kills. "Not very many, I would have to say. Probably me and Katie could be it."

The victory also makes Placek a perfect 7-0 against the Trojans in her three varsity seasons. And the Titans haven't lost a single game to Central in that span, either.

"Not yet," Placek said. "Hopefully, we'll keep it that way."

Central actually jumped out to leads in each of the first games. The Trojans were up 6-4, 9-7, 12-9 and 14-11 in the first before West reeled off a 14-7 spurt aided by two Placek kills and two Alyson Peters aces.

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