Colleen Reagan is learning how the other half lives.
"I think everybody should have to do it," said the former Downers Grove South volleyball coach, who is now officiating volleyball matches after stepping down from her head coaching position following the 2009 season to spend more time with her family.
"All coaches should have to, maybe not officially, but you should have to do it," she added. "You get a better appreciation that people are working hard. Maybe some people don't know everything about the rules of the game, but everyone's trying to make it fairer and safer the kids."
Although she spent several years on the bench at Downers Grove South, leading the Mustangs to a fourth place finish in Class AA in 2004, Reagan is no more sympathetic toward coaches now that she's on the other side.
"I can appreciate more now that the officials don't see everything, that they're human," she said. "They're going to make mistakes. You (as a coach) are watching your team when you play and they're watching everybody, so there's a difference."
She does feel, however, that coaches should be able to ask "legitimate" questions.
"I felt when I was coaching if I had a legitimate question I had a right to ask," she said. "If you (as a coach) know the rule and maybe we're not applying the rule or you have a question about it, I always felt as a coach I have the right to ask those kinds of questions."
Meanwhile, Reagan is enjoying being around the sport and meeting up with old friends - on both sides of the net.Tuesday, she worked the Glenbard West/Lyons match with Kathy Diamond.
"I do enjoy staying close," she said. "This is a great way to stay connected with the game, see my volleyball friends and coaches and officials and still be part of it. I work a couple nights a week and I'm not in the gym every day with practice and stuff. So that makes a big difference."
Sophomore Molly Haggerty became the first MVP of the BSN Sports Crossroads Classic from St. Francis since Kelsey Robinson (2009) after leading the Spartans to the title of the 24-team tournament in Effingham last weekend.
St. Francis defeated Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis, Ind.) 25-22, 26-24 in the championship. Maddie Haggerty and Sam Dubiel were also named to the all-tournament team.
Glenbard West finished third, bouncing back to defeat Henry Clay (Lexington, Ky.) 21-25, 23-8, 25-20 after losing to Chatard in the semifinals. Natalie Schilling and Meg DeMaar were named to the all-tournament team from Glenbard West.
Rivalry night in the Upstate Eight. Geneva vs. Batavia. The boys had their say last Friday night on the football field, and Tuesday night the Batavia girls made it two-for-two.
Batavia had not beaten Geneva in volleyball since beating them twice in 2010 - once for the regional title - but that all changed Tuesday. The Bulldogs unleashed a tenacious defense against the Vikings on their way to a 20-25, 25-22, 25-22 victory.
"None of my current seniors were on varsity as freshmen, so this is their first win over Geneva," Batavia coach Lori Trippi-Payne said. "We are now 8-9 overall, but have lost some tough ones to the likes of St. Francis, Providence, Benet and St. Charles North."
The match left both teams at 1-1 in the seven-team Upstate Eight Conference River Division. Since teams only play other teams in their division once, Batavia has the tiebreaker edge over Geneva heading into the remainder of their schedule.
Batavia was led by Shea Thayer with seven blocks. Jancy Lundberg and Maddy Astling each had five blocks, and Heather Meyer and Maddie Jaudon each contributed 18 digs.
Another grudge match in the Upstate Eight Conference Tuesday saw St. Charles North nudge their rivals from St. Charles East 25-17, 23-25, 25-22.
"The atmosphere was intense and the match was a dogfight for both teams," St. Charles North coach Lindsey Hawkins said.
Taylor Krage led the way for St. Charles North with 18 kills. Jaclyn Taylor and Daley Krage each had six kills and Claire Anderson added four. Alex Seavey anchored the defense with 10 digs, Taylor Krage had six and Sydney Wohlert added five. Sophia DuVall and Emily Carroll both had three blocks.
The North Stars are now 11-0 and play Plainfield Central and Hinsdale Central in pool play at the Wheaton Classic on Wednesday. St. Charles East slipped to 12-4.
How green with envy is my (Neuqua) Valley?
Tuesday's grudge match in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division went to Metea Valley, which was just a tad bit less generous surrendering points on errors than its rivals from Neuqua. Metea squeezed out a 21-25, 28-26, 27-25 victory.
"Both teams played hard and pushed each other." Neuqua Valley coach Kelly Simon said. "At many points in the match, it was a point-for-point game. As disheartening as this loss was, the girls are continuing to make progress every match. Our goal is always to get better and we are."
Emily Krachenfels led Neuqua Valley (4-8) with nine kills and Abby Skryd added eight. Lucy Kopchak had 21 assists and Jessica Mitchell had 11 digs.
Hinsdale Central will host Hinsdale South at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23 for its annual Volley for the Cure match. Proceeds benefit Open Arms in Hinsdale. The evening will include a raffle, silent auction, bake sale, concessions T-shirt sales. To donate items for auction or to purchase T-shirts, contact Kelly Moran at email@example.com.
Wheaton Academy won the Rockford Jefferson Invitational for the second year in a row last Saturday, winning all five matches without dropping a set. Sydney Vischer's 18 kills and 25 assists from Sarah McClain powered the Warriors to a 25-16, 25-22 victory over Sterling in the championship match.
Vischer finished the tournament with 50 kills and 12 aces, Brianna Tellschow added 26 kills and 10 aces, McClain had 120 assists, Jessica Bosse contributed 41 digs, Samantha Krill added 15 kills and 29 points service points, Clarissa Young had 17 digs and 17 service points, Michelle Ridderhoff added 17 kills and seven blocks, and Katie Franz had eight kills and two blocks.