By Pat Brozynski

Wolf gets second MVP nod; Titans stun No. 4 New Trier

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benet wheaton winners.jpgBenet won its 11th consecutive regular-season tournament title Saturday by defeating Plainfield North in the finals of the Wheaton Classic.


Three-time tournament champion Benet landed three players on the all-tournament team at last weekend's Wheaton Classic hosted by Wheaton Warrenville South, including tournament MVP Caroline Wolf.

It was Wolf's second MVP honor this season. The 5-foot-8 Wake Forest recruit was also named MVP of the Benet invite earlier this season.

Joining Wolf on the all-tournament team were Libertyville's junior middle hitter Alex Basler, Benet's junior middle hitter Rachael Fara, Plainfield North setter Kate Federico, Hinsdale Central junior outside hitter Lauren Fuller, and WW South outside hitter Talia Holze.

Also, Lemont opposite Cara Howell, St. Charles North outside hitter Taylor Krage, Sandburg junior opposite Leah Lane, Waubonsie Valley setter Rachel Minarick, Neuqua Valley libero Jessica Mitchell and Plainfield North outside hitter Dakota Santore.

Rounding out the all-tournament team were Benet setter Stephanie Sinnappan, Wheaton North sophomore outside hitter Grace Tiesman, Naperville North junior middle hitter Megan Wernette and Marist libero Carolyn Yerkes.

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Benet coach Brad Baker is not afraid to experiment. In two matches prior to the Wheaton Classic, he moved setter Stephanie Sinnappan to outside hitter and inserted freshman Sara Nielsen in the lineup in an attempt to generate more offense.

But Sinnappan was back setting Wednesday and Saturday, overcoming a mild case of nausea prior to the championship match to lead the Redwings to a 25-9, 25-18 victory.

"We've been mixing up our lineup a lot, but I think we actually found one that works," Benet libero and Wheaton Classic MVP Caroline Wolf said. "We've been playing really well and we all just have a ton of energy. All the girls have a ton of energy."

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Lincoln-Way Central continues to roll, taking top honors at the Mother McAuley Preview last weekend with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-23 victory over Crystal Lake South. With the win, the Knights earned a berth in next season's Asics Challenge.

"We may have won gold, but I'm going to be gray by the end of this season," Lincoln-Way Central coach Kathy Sulkowski joked. "I love this team because they have such great chemistry and they are fighters. I love the resilience and "never give up" mentality of this team.

"This is a special group and their will to win is one of the strongest I have ever coached," she added. "No matter what happens, I know this group will keep it interesting and keep my hair colorist in business."

Five-foot-7 outside hitter Maria Brown led Lincoln-Way Central in the championship match with 18 kills. In the Knights' six matches last week, she had 58 kills, 39 digs, nine blocks, an ace and was perfect on 31 passing attempts.

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Just call Lemont the little engine that does.

After getting bounced into the Silver bracket of the Wheaton Classic with a 25-22, 25-17 loss to Waubonsie Valley last Wednesday, the Indians (12-4) ran through three DuPage Valley Conference schools on Saturday to win the flight and finish ninth.

Lemont defeated Naperville Central (25-14, 23-25, 26-24) in the Silver quarterfinals, Wheaton Warrenville South (25-17, 25-23) in the Silver semifinals and Wheaton North (25-16, 25-17) in the championship match.

"One thing I'm really happy about is the fact that I look at the size of the schools that we're playing," Lemont coach Chris Zogata said. "I think there were only two schools at this tournament that are under 3,000 students. We're the little 1,500 kids school and hanging with them. I'm very proud of the girls."

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Waubonsie Valley finished sixth at the Wheaton Classic, but nearly knocked off No. 2 seed Plainfield North in the quarterfinals before losing 15-25, 25-20, 26-24. The Warriors were unable to protect leads on 19-17 in Game Two and 22-20 in Game Three.

"We knew they (Plainfield North) would battle a lot more than they did in Game One," Waubonsie Valley coach Kristen Stuart said. "I thought we played a very complete game in Game One. We were in system a lot, our serve receive was strong and our energy was good.

"But they broke down our serve receive in Games Two and Three and got us out of system," she added. "We were also more tentative. If you're going to close out games like that, you have to swing for points. You can't be tentative. We know what we have to do. It was frustrating."

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Behind all-tournament selections Meg DeMaar (MVP), Alison Burelbach and Natalie Schilling, Glenbard West won its own invitational last weekend by outlasting Geneva 25-20, 24-26, 32-30 in the championship match.

DeMaar had 76 digs and seven aces, Burelbach had 22 kills and 26 digs and Schilling had 45 kills and 25 digs during the tournament. Kate Wagner added 66 assists and Abby Winkler had 62 assists.

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Former Benet standout Jenna Jendryk, who spent some time setting in her younger days, has found herself in the thick of things again at Dayton. Two weekends ago at a tournament in Nebraska, Jendryk had a monster game in a five-set win over St. Mary's of California.

Dayton trailed 14-10 in the fifth set when Jendryk went to the service line. Rather than play it safe, Jendryk used her devastating top spin jump serve to help Dayton win the next four points and eventually pull off an 18-16 win and the match.

Jendryk missed a triple-double by one block with a career-high 48 assists, 12 digs and nine blocks.

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Former Joliet Catholic standout Alyssa Warren broke Seton Hall's all-time digs record as the Seton Hall women's volleyball team defeated Columbia 17-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-11 in the finale of the Cavalier Classic on Saturday.

Warren had a match-high 27 digs in the comeback victory, giving her 1,954 digs in her career.

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Glenbrook South (8-11) surprised No. 4 New Trier 27-25, 15-25, 25-20 Tuesday night in the Central Suburban South to hand the Trevians their first loss of the season.

"Our serving and passing consistency gave us the ability to use more hitting options," Glenbrook South coach Katie Hoover said. "We stuck to our game plan and remained confident. I was proud of our players for believing that we could compete with such a skilled, accomplished team."

Six-foot-2 junior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz led the Titans with 12 kills and 6-foot junior outside Cynthia Karnezis added eight kills. Five-foot-9 junior setter Shannon Carroll had 23 assists, junior libero Sara Prenner and Carroll each had eight digs and junior Maggie Ziegler and Carly Weinman both added five digs.


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