By Pat Brozynski

October 2013 Archives

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for gwvbteamphotowithbell.jpgGlenbard West will try to advance to next week's Class 4A sectional at Geneva when it plays Schaumburg Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at West Chicago.


Mother McAuley moved up to No. 7 in Prepvolleyball.com's latest Century Club National Rankings after briefly falling to No. 10 following its loss to Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) in the finals of the Asics Challenge.

St. James (39-0) of Lenexa, Kansas, which is shooting for its sixth consecutive state title, retained its hold on the No. 1 ranking after winning the Michelle Smith Volleyball Tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas behind sophomore middle Audriana Fitzmorris.

St. Francis moved up two spots to No. 15, Plainfield North jumped up five spots to No. 55 and Glenbard West checked in at No. 74 after going unranked most of the season. Naperville North was the final Illinois entry at No. 88, up four spots from the previous rankings.

Two-time defending state champion Benet, which had been No. 74, dropped out of the rankings after its poor showing at Glenbard East's Autumnfest.

Teams on the bubble included Benet, Bloomington, Rockford Boylan, Breese Central, Breese Mater Dei, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Dekalb, Edwardsville, Geneva, Keith Country Day, Lake Zurich, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Marist, Montini, Nazareth, New Trier, Sandburg, Springfield, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Stevenson and Waubonsie Valley.

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Minooka eliminated Moline, which had reached the Class AA quarterfinals in 2002, 25-21, 28-26 in a Class 4A regional semifinal at Ottawa.

Skyler Day had 10 kills and seven digs, Ginger Perinar had nine kills and three aces, Gabriella Shepherd had 11 digs, Kelly Clucas added 14 assists and Megan Bauer had 11 assists for Minooka (21-11), which will face Rock Island in the regional championship match Thursday.

"What a competitive match," Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said. "Moline kept coming after us, but I am proud of the way we answered the challenge and competed hard the whole match. Brenna Perinar came out of a time out and shut down their big middle to put an end to the wild and woolly second game."

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IC Catholic Prep (30-6) got off to a good start in its quest to win Jean Field's first state title since 1984 and reach the state finals for the first time since a third-place finish in 1989.

The Knights defeated Aurora Christian in the semifinal round of the Class 2A regional at Aurora Christian, 25-16, 25-9, to advance to the finals against Westmont. Delaney D'Amore led IC Prep with 11 kills and five aces, Rory Manion added five kills, Molly Manion had five digs and Kimmy Martino added 16 assists.

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A team to watch in 2014 is Oswego East (15-15), which lost 25-16, 25-20 to Plainfield North in the Class 4A regional semifinal at Metea Valley. The Wolves graduate just two players from this year's team - setter Nicole Bertrand and rightside Ashlee Wiliams.

Back for coach Adam Thurlwell will be junior outside hitter Kelly Bertrand, who lit up Plainfield North for 11 kills Tuesday, junior libero Madison Anderson, junior outside hitter Lauren Schultz, freshman rightside Sarah Schultz, and junior middle hitter Rachel Vander Wagen.

"Hopefully. the cohesiveness that this group developed won't go away when we come back in nine months," Thurlwell said. "We have a fantastic libero, we have some girls who can put the ball away, our serve receive has been fantastic all year, and all three of those girls are coming back.

"There's a good chemistry with this group that we're excited for," he added. "At the beginning of this year, we talked about going .500. That would be an OK season. Sure enough, we went .500.

"We also had a five-game winning streak, we beat a ranked team (Plainfield North in an earlier meeting) and a conference champion (Metea Valley)," Thurlwell said.

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Can Homewood-Flossmoor keep it going?

Fresh off a 25-19, 25-20 win over No. 9 seed Oak Lawn, the eighth-seeded Vikings (24-11) will face No. 1-ranked Mother McAuley Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the regional final at T.F. North.

Libero Skylar Hildebrand, who had seven digs against Oak Lawn, will be tested in the back row. Candace Tate (five kills vs. Oak Lawn) and Mackenzie Reed (three kills) will have to produce at the net and neutralize McAuley's powerful middles.

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Still looking for a place to go this tournament season? Here is what's ahead (provided the top seeds win, which, of course, they do occasionally):

Thursday, October 31 (regional finals)

DeKalb vs. Huntley at Rockford Jefferson, 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake South vs. Crystal Lake Central at Dundee-Crown, 6:00 p.m.
Benet vs. Lockport at Plainfield East, 6:00 p.m.
Naperville North vs. Plainfield Central at Yorkville, 6:00 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley vs. Wheaton Warrenville South at Bolingbrook, 6:00 p.m.
Plainfield North vs. Metea Valley at Metea Valley, 6:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius vs. Lyons at St. Ignatius, 6:00 p.m.
Downers North vs. Riverside-Brookfield at Proviso West, 6:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. Hinsdale Central at Hinsdale South, 6:00 p.m.
Oak Park vs. De La Salle at Reavis, 6:00 p.m.
Sandburg vs. T.F. South at Andrew, 6:00 p.m.
Marist vs. Lincoln-Way East at Marist, 6:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Homewood-Flossmoor at TF North, 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way North vs. Lincoln-Way Central at Marian, 6:00 p.m.
St. Charles East vs. York at York, 6:00 p.m.
St. Charles North vs. Wheaton North at South Elgin, 6:00 p.m.
Geneva vs. Batavia at Addison Trail, 6:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. Schaumburg at West Chicago, 6:00 p.m.
Joliet Catholic vs. Providence at Aurora Central Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Montini at Timothy Christian, 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 5 (sectional semifinals)

DeKalb vs. Warren at Belvidere North, 6:00 p.m.
Boylan vs. Crystal Lake South at Belvidere North, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Zurich vs. Libertyville at Conant, 6:00 p.m.
Carmel vs. Stevenson at Conant, 7:00 p.m.
Benet vs. Waubonsie Valley at Plainfield South, 6:00 p.m.
Naperville North vs. Plainfield North at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. Lyons at Morton, 6:00 p.m.
Downers North vs. De La Salle at Morton, 7:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Lincoln-Way North at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m.
Sandburg vs. Marist at Sandburg, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. Geneva at Geneva, 6:00 p.m.
St. Charles North vs. St. Charles East at Geneva, 7:00 p.m.
New Trier vs. Niles North at New Trier, 6:00 p.m.
Loyola vs. Maine South at New Trier, 7:00 p.m.
Joliet Catholic vs. St. Francis at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 7 (sectional finals)

DeKalb vs. Crystal Lake South/Boylan winner at Belvidere North, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Zurich vs. Carmel at Conant, 7:00 p.m.
Benet vs. Plainfield North at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. Downers North at Morton, 7:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Marist at Sandburg, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. St. Charles North at Geneva, 7:00 p.m.
New Trier vs. Loyola at New Trier, 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way West vs. St. Francis at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 9 (supersectionals)

DeKalb vs. Crystal Lake South/Boylan winner winner vs. Lake Zurich at Huntley, 6:30 p.m.
Quincy vs. Benet at Normal Community, 1:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. McAuley at Lyons, 1:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. New Trier at St. Charles East, 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Chicago Christian at Joliet Catholic, 7:00 p.m.

timothy.jpgTimothy Christian will host a Class 3A regional referred to in many circles as the "Regional of Doom" because of the presence of defending state champion St. Francis and powerhouse teams from Montini and Nazareth.


Let the football folks complain all they want about seeding. They ain't got nothin' on volleyball.

Take Timothy Christian, for example. The Trojans are a respectable 27-8 and co-champions of the Metro Suburban Conference. Yet they are no better than a No. 5 seed in a six-team regional that they host beginning Monday.

St. Francis (32-3) is the No. 1 seed. Nazareth (28-6) is No. 2. Montini (28-3) is No. 3.

That's like putting Mt. Carmel, Lake Zurich and Glenbard West in the same four-team bracket of the Class 7A football playoffs. Or Loyola, Bolingbrook and Glenbard North in the same 8A football foursome. Three of the best volleyball teams in Class 3A in the same regional. Ridiculous.

But you won't hear volleyball coaches complain. Why? It wouldn't do any good. Glenbard South coach Chad Grant got so tired of butting heads with St. Francis in a regional every year that he opted to move up to Class 4A. At least there the Raiders have a shot to win a regional, he thought.

Lo and behold, Glenbard South not only has a chance to win a regional, the Raiders are the No. 1 seed in the Morton sectional. Meanwhile, Geneva and Batavia, which beat Glenbard South, are the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds at Geneva.

But the "Regional of Doom" is just one example of the folly that is the IHSA volleyball tournament.

How about the Antioch Class 3A super-sectional, where the top five seeds are Burlington Central, Johnsburg, Lakes, Regina Dominican and (Chicago) Latin? Montini and Nazareth would gladly hop a bus north to join that group.

Or the Gordon Tech regional, which could come down to Westinghouse or Gordon Tech (I didn't even know Gordon Tech had girls?). Timothy Christian won't even get a thank-you note for hosting and one of those two teams can walk home with a regional plaque?

Remember last year's Class 4A girls volleyball sectional at Neuqua Valley? The 23-team sectional that was overnight converted into four ridiculously unbalanced regionals?

The IHSA claimed the move was necessary to accommodate Yorkville, which was bumped up to 4A by the association's new 25-25-25-25 enrollment split when assigning schools to certain sports. The IHSA said that Yorkville was not located in the "Chicagoland Box."

The move sent Oswego East, Oswego, Plainfield East, Plainfield North and Yorkville to Plainfield North; Bolingbrook, Lemont, Lockport. Plainfield Central. Plainfield South and Romeoville to Romeoville; and Aurora East, Metea Valley, Rosary and West Aurora to Waubonsie Valley.

That left Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Benet, Naperville Central, Neuqua Valley and Naperville North in one regional at Central. Three of the top four teams in the sectional - Benet, Central and Naperville North - in one six-team regional.

There was thought at the time that the IHSA would not treat boys basketball similarly, thus incurring the wrath of dozens of athletic directors and coaches and hundreds and hundreds of fans, and lo and behold, it did not.

But apparently, one year later, girls volleyball is still being treated like a second-class citizen.

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Last weekend, Crystal Lake Central shocked Rockford Boylan 25-12, 25-22 to win the Doug Blundy Memorial Tournament. Central also beat Sycamore, Marian Central, McHenry and Richmond-Burton, none of which broke the 20-point barrier against the Tigers.

"Our team played some pretty great defense the entire match (against Boylan)," Central coach Lisa Reddish said. "I would say that our defensive players really stepped up this weekend."

Leading the way for Crystal Lake Central offensively was Lauren Leverenz, a 6-foot senior middle hitter who has committed to St. Louis University.

"Lauren is having a great season," Central coach Lisa Reddish said. "She's surrounded on the court by her best friends, most of which happen to be her teammates since we have 10 seniors on this year's varsity roster."

Leverenz had 19 kills Thursday in the Tigers' regular-season finale, a 25-23, 25-21 loss to rival Crystal Lake South. But the two teams should meet again next week in the championship game of the Dundee-Crown regional.

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Look out for St. Charles North. The North Stars have put their mid-season slump behind them and won the Minooka Invite last weekend, beating Minooka 25-15, 25-23 in the semifinals and Normal West 25-17, 25-16 in the finals.

Taylor Krage led the North Stars with 37 kills, seven aces and 20 digs. Daley Krage added 23 kills, Sophia DuVall had 26 kills and 10 blocks, while Emily Carroll had 14 kills, 12 blocks, and 5 aces. Alex Seavey led the defense with 23 digs, Sydney Wohlert dished out 42 assists and Taryn DalDegan had 47 assists.

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Joining MVP Courtney Joyce of Mother McAuley on the all-tournament team at last weekend's Autumnfest tournament hosted by Glenbard East were Ryann DeJarld (Mother McAuley), Meg DeMaar (Glenbard West), Natalie Schilling (Glenbard West) and Rachel Minarick (Waubonsie Valley).

Also, Carly Nolan (Crystal Lake South), Anne Hughes (St. Charles East), Katherine Mahlke (Downers Grove North), Caroline Wolf (Benet), Kelsey O'Neill (Loyola), Phoebe Havenaar (Naperville Central), Allie Marthaler (Providence) Julia Shemaitis (Joliet Catholic) and Emily Casaletto (Barrington).

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Making plans to go watch some volleyball? Here are some matches you might like to go see (providing the top seeds win out, of course, which never happens):

Monday, October 28 (regional quarterfinals)

Plainfield East vs. Joliet West at Plainfield East, 7:00 p.m.
Yorkville vs. Aurora West at Yorkville, 7:00 p.m.
Bolingbrook vs. Joliet Central at Boingbrook, 7:00 p.m.
WW South vs. Romeoville at Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m.
Timothy Christian vs. Wheaton Academy at Timothy, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29, (regional semifinals)

Benet vs. Plainfield East at Plainfield East, 6:00 p.m.
Lockport vs. Naperville Central at Plainfield East, 7:00 p.m.
Naperville North vs. Yorkville at Yorkville, 6:00 p.m.
Neuqua Valley vs. Plainfield Central at Yorkville, 7:00 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley vs. Bolingbrook at Bolingbrook, 6:00 p.m.
Lemont vs. WW South at Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m.
Plainfield North vs. Oswego East at Metea Valley, 6:00 p.m.
Metea Valley vs. Oswego at Metea Valley, 7:00 p.m.
Whitney Young vs. Riverside-Brookfield at Proviso West, 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park vs. Kennedy at Reavis, 6:00 p.m.
De La Salle vs. Reavis at Reavis, 7:00 p.m.
Sandburg vs. Andrew at Andrew, 6:00 p.m.
T.F. South vs. Richards at Andrew, 7:00 p.m.
Marist vs. Oak Forest at Marist, 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way East vs. Shepard at Marist, 7:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Crete-Monee at TF North, 6:00 p.m.
Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Oak Lawn at TF North, 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way North vs. Marian at Marian, 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way Central vs. Stagg at Marian, 7:00 p.m.
St. Charles East vs. Glenbard East at York, 6:00 p.m.
York vs. Elgin Larkin at York, 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Timothy Christian at Timothy Christian, 6:00 p.m
Montini vs, Nazareth Academy at Timothy Christian, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 31 (regional finals)

DeKalb vs. Huntley at Rockford Jefferson, 6:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake South vs. Crystal Lake Central at Dundee-Crown, 6:00 p.m.
Benet vs. Naperville Central at Plainfield East, 6:00 p.m.
Naperville North vs. Plainfield Central at Yorkville, 6:00 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley vs. Lemont at Bolingbrook, 6:00 p.m.
Plainfield North vs. Metea Valley at Metea Valley, 6:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius vs. Lyons at St. Ignatius, 6:00 p.m.
Downers North vs. Whitney Young at Proviso West, 6:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. Hinsdale Central at Hinsdale South, 6:00 p.m.
Oak Park vs. De La Salle at Reavis, 6:00 p.m.
Sandburg vs. T.F. South at Andrew, 6:00 p.m.
Marist vs. Lincoln-Way East at Marist, 6:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Homewood-Flossmoor at TF North, 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way North vs. Lincoln-Way Central at Marian, 6:00 p.m.
St. Charles East vs. York at York, 6:00 p.m.
St. Charles North vs. Wheaton North at South Elgin, 6:00 p.m.
Geneva vs. Batavia at Addison Trail, 6:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. Schaumburg at West Chicago, 6:00 p.m.
Joliet Catholic vs. Providence at Aurora Central Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Nazareth Academy at Timothy Christian, 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 5 (sectional semifinals)

DeKalb vs. Warren at Belvidere North, 6:00 p.m.
Boylan vs. Crystal Lake South at Belvidere North, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Zurich vs. Libertyville at Conant, 6:00 p.m.
Carmel vs. Stevenson at Conant, 7:00 p.m.
Benet vs. Waubonsie Valley at Plainfield South, 6:00 p.m.
Naperville North vs. Plainfield North at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. Lyons at at Morton, 6:00 p.m.
Downers North vs. De La Salle at Morton, 7:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Lincoln-Way North at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m.
Sandburg vs. Marist at Sandburg, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. Geneva at Geneva, 6:00 p.m.
St. Charles North vs. St. Charles East at Geneva, 7:00 p.m.
New Trier vs. Niles North at New Trier, 6:00 p.m.
Loyola vs. Maine South at New Trier, 7:00 p.m.
Joliet Catholic vs. St. Francis at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 7 (sectional finals)

DeKalb vs. Crystal Lake South/Boylan winner at Belvidere North, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Zurich vs. Carmel at Conant, 7:00 p.m.
Benet vs. Plainfield North at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. Downers North at Morton, 7:00 p.m.
McAuley vs. Marist at Sandburg, 7:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. St. Charles North at Geneva, 7:00 p.m.
New Trier vs. Loyola at New Trier, 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way West vs. St. Francis at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 9 (supersectionals)

DeKalb vs. Crystal Lake South/Boylan winner vs. Lake Zurich winner at Huntley, 6:30 p.m.
Quincy vs. Benet at Normal Community, 1:00 p.m.
Glenbard South vs. McAuley at Lyons, 1:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. New Trier at St. Charles East, 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Chicago Christian at Joliet Catholic, 7:00 p.m.



Benetmarian.jpgBenet's string of 11 consecutive regular-season tournament titles fell by the wayside last weekend at the Mizuno Cup. Can the Redwings start another streak this week at Autumnfest?

All eyes will be on Autumnfest at Glenbard East this weekend as top-seeded Mother McAuley tries to avenge its 26-24, 25-16 loss to Benet in last year's finals.

The Mighty Macs are the top seed in the tournament, which also features Benet, Crystal Lake South, St. Charles East, Waubonsie Valley, Lemont, Glenbard West, Joliet Catholic, Loyola, Huntley and Naperville Central, which ended Benet's 56-match win streak in regular-season tournaments last week.

Here is the way the tournament will shake out Friday:

Pool 1: Mother McAuley vs. Normal, 5:00 p.m.: Schaumburg vs. Normal, 6:00 p.m.: Mother McAuley vs. Schaumburg, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 2: Benet vs. Mt. Pulaski, 5:00 p.m.: Prairie Ridge vs. Mt. Pulaski, 6:00 p.m.: Benet vs. Prairie Ridge, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 3: Crystal Lake South vs. Barrington, 5:00 p.m.: Providence vs. Barrington, 6:00 p.m.: Crystal Lake South vs. Providence, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 4: St. Charles East vs. Hononegah, 5:00 p.m.: WW South vs. Hononegah, 6:00 p.m.: St. Charles East vs. WW South, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 5: Waubonsie Valley vs. West Chicago, 5:00 p.m.: West Chicago vs. Naperville Central, 6:00 p.m.: Waubonsie Valley vs. Naperville Central, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 6: Lemont vs. Glenbard East, 5:00 p.m.: Downers Grove North vs. Glenbard East, 6:00 p.m.: Lemont vs. Downers Grove North, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 7: Glenbard West vs. West Aurora, 5:00 p.m.: Huntley vs. West Aurora, 6:00 p.m.: Glenbard West vs. Huntley, 7:00 p.m.

Pool 8: Joliet Catholic vs. Willowbrook, 5:00 p.m.: Loyola vs. Willowbrook, 6:00 p.m.: Joliet Catholic vs. Loyola, 7:00 p.m.

Play resumes Saturday with four Bronze division quarterfinals at 8:00 a.m. The championship match is tentatively scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

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Mercy Academy (Louisville, Ky.) retained the top spot in the Prepvolleyball.com Century Club National Rankings in the latest poll through October 10, but Mother McAuley slipped to No. 10 after losing to Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) in the finals of the Asics Challenge.

St. Francis checked in at No. 17, down a spot after losing to McAuley for the third time this season. Rounding out the Illinois contingent were No. 57 Benet (prior to losing to Naperville Central at the Mizuno Cup), No. 79 Naperville North and No. 90 New Trier.

Illinois teams dropping out of the top 100 included former No. 64 Breese Mater Dei, No. 89 Plainfield North (which lost to Plainfield Central prior to winning the Mizuno Cup title over Muskego, Wis.) and former No. 94 Waubonsie Valley.

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Payton, which is still the only Chicago Public League entry to reach the state semifinals, suffered a dismal season one year ago, losing in the quarterfinals of the city playoffs then falling to Evanston in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

But the Grizzlies should roar again in the very near future thanks to 6-foot-3 sophomore Olivia Rozmus.

"She beats the ball and has become more and more comfortable out there on the pin after each week," Payton coach Joel Anderson said. "Obviously, she has only ever played middle in club and high school. She attacks well out of the back row."

Rozmus, who had 10 kills in Payton's 25-23, 15-25, 25-16 loss to Young in Wednesday's city semifinals, will be the Grizzlies' centerpiece for the next two years.

"We have some good sophomores and freshmen coming up so I'd expect us to be decent for a few years," Anderson said.

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Senior setter Kate Federico of tournament champion Plainfield North was named the MVP of the St. Charles East Mizuno Scholastic Cup tournament last weekend at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora.

Joining Federico on the all-tournament team were Dakota Santore and Lauren Robeck of Plainfield North; Morgan Kath and Michelle Fugarino of Muskego; Carly Jimenez and Dana Voltolina of St. Charles East; and Kelsey Wicinski of Geneva.

Also, Megan Wernette of Naperville North, Jessica Lindsey of Lincoln-Way East, Phoebe Havenaar of Naperville Central and Kayla Pheiffer of Lockport.

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Southern Illinois University's Hannah Kaminsky of Woodridge, who led Benet to back-to-=back state championships, was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week, the league announced Monday.

The freshman setter recorded eight kills, 78 assists, three service aces, 14 digs and four block assists during seven sets of play.

Kaminsky tallied six kills on nine attempts during the Salukis' sweep of Drake. She added 32 assists, eight digs and three block assists. On Saturday,she dished out 46 assists to help guide the Salukis to a 3-1 win over the University of Northern Iowa.

This is the second time this season Kaminsky has been earned Freshman of the Week honors.

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There will be more at stake than bragging rights on Wednesday, October 23 when Hinsdale Central hosts Hinsdale South at 6:00 p.m.

The two teams' annual "Volley for the Cure" match will benefit Hinsdale Hospital Foundation-Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund. The fund was established in 2011 to support breast cancer patients and their families by funding programs that bring hope and healing as families navigate the difficult journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Among the events will be a raffle, silent auction, bake sale and concessions. The teams will also be selling T-shirts. If anyone would like to donate items for the silent auction or raffle or would like to purchase T-shirts, please contact Kelly Moran at kmoran@hinsdale86.org.

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Friends of Ryan O'Malley, who starred at Oak Park before graduating in 2007 and later played at Quincy University, are organizing a volleyball tournament on Saturday, October 19 at Top Flight Volleyball Club to help raise money to offset his expenses.

Top Flight Volleyball Club is located at 1360 Madeline Lane, Suite 400, in Elgin. The tournament is co-ed with two divisions - competitive and recreational. Each team must have three guys and three girls. The fee is $150 per team. The proceeds from the tournament will go directly to O'Malley's medical bills.

For more information, you can visit "Co-ed 6's Go Ball Out Bash!" on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/234975149987983/.

To make a donation, please visit Go Ball Out for Ryan O'Malley! at http://www.gofundme.com/goballout. You can also contact Nelson directly at km.nelson08@gmail.com.

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Prairie Ridge is looking for a junior varsity team -- comprised of mostly juniors with some freshman, sophomores and seniors - for a round-robin tournament on October 4, 2014. The tournament will start at 8:00 a.m. with three matches before lunch and two afterward.

If you are interested, contact Stefanie Otto, Prairie Ridge varsity volleyball coach, at sotto@d155.org.

jendryk sisters 2.jpgThe Jendryk sisters - Jenna (left) and Jessica (right) - who both starred at Benet before moving on to the college ranks, met on the volleyball court on September 29 as Jessica's St. Louis University Billikens prevailed over Jenna's Dayton Flyers 15-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-12. Jessica hit .545 for the match.


Friends of Ryan O'Malley, who starred at Oak Park before graduating in 2007 and later played at Quincy University, are organizing a volleyball tournament to help O'Malley in his fight against cancer.

O'Malley, 24, has been beset by major medical bills in his fight against cancer and his friends have organized a tournament on Saturday, October 19 at Top Flight Volleyball Club to help raise money to offset his expenses.

Top Flight Volleyball Club is located at 1360 Madeline Lane, Suite 400, in Elgin.

The tournament is co-ed with two divisions - competitive and recreational. Each team must have three guys and three girls. The fee is $150 per team. The proceeds from the tournament will go directly to O'Malley's medical bills.

"We are trying to get as many universities, colleges, high schools, volleyball clubs, friends and family members to spread the word to get more participants for the tournament," said family friend Kate Nelson.

For more information, you can visit "Co-ed 6's Go Ball Out Bash!" on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/234975149987983/.

To make a donation, please visit Go Ball Out for Ryan O'Malley! at http://www.gofundme.com/goballout.

You can also contact Nelson directly at km.nelson08@gmail.com.

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There will be more at stake than bragging rights on Wednesday, October 23 when Hinsdale Central hosts Hinsdale South at 6:00 p.m.

The two teams' annual "Volley for the Cure" match will benefit Hinsdale Hospital Foundation-Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund. The fund was established in 2011 to support breast cancer patients and their families by funding programs that bring hope and healing as families navigate the difficult journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Among the events will be a raffle, silent auction, bake sale and concessions. The teams will also be selling T-shirts. If anyone would like to donate items for the silent auction or raffle or would like to purchase T-shirts, please contact Kelly Moran at kmoran@hinsdale86.org.

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If you're going to go all out to honor your coach as her 37th and final season of coaching comes to an end - decorating the gymnasium, inviting a number of school and district dignitaries and holding a special ceremony prior to the match - you best not mess it up by losing.

Conant didn't.

The Cougars honored Peggy Scholten by defeating Schaumburg 25-18, 26-24 Tuesday night, avenging a loss to the Saxons earlier this season. Scholten is retiring from teaching and coaching at the end of the school year.

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Former Geneva standout and Michigan State outside hitter Lauren Wicinksi was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week last week after leading then-No. 15 Michigan State to road victories over No. 1 Penn State and No. 13 Ohio State.

The senior transfer from Northern Illinois averaged 4.1 kills and 1.4 digs per set. Wicinski is the third Big Ten student-athlete to be named National Player of the Week this season and second in a row. Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus earned the honor September 24.

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Latin placed two players - sophomore outside hitter Catie Cronister and junior middle hitter Alexa Markman - on the all-tournament team at the eight team tournament it hosted last weekend won by Champaign Centennial.

Also named to the all-tournament team were Lexi Hall and Miaya Peacock of Centennial, Lauren Kent of Galena, Rory Manion of Immaculate Conception, Credence Stouffer of Lena-Winslow and Mariana Edmond of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Here is a complete list of the pools at this weekend's St. Charles East Mizuno Scholastic Cup tournament at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora:

Pool play Friday, October 11

Pool A: Benet vs. Barrington, 5:00 p.m., Naperville Central vs. Barrington, 6:15 p.m.; Benet vs. Naperville Central, 7:30 p.m.

Pool B: Plainfield North vs. Hinsdale South, 5:00 p.m., Neuqua Valley vs. Hinsdale South, 6:15 p.m.; Plainfield North vs. Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Pool C: Joliet Catholic vs. Wheaton North, 5:00 p.m., Lockport vs. Wheaton North, 6:15 p.m.; Joliet Catholic vs. Lockport, 7:30 p.m.

Pool D: Lincoln-Way Central vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, 5:00 p.m., Muskego vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, 6:15 p.m.; Lincoln-Way Central vs. Muskego, 7:30 p.m.

Pool E: Naperville North vs. Rosary, 5:00 p.m., Hinsdale Central vs. Rosary, 6:15 p.m.; NMpaerville North vs. Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

Pool F: St. Charles East vs. Oak Forest, 5:00 p.m., Prairie Ridge vs. Oak Forest, 6:15 p.m.; St. Charles East vs. Prairie Ridge, 7:30 p.m.

Pool G: Lincoln-Way East vs. Rockford Guilford, 5:00 p.m., Edwardsville vs. Rockford Guilford, 6:15 p.m.; Lincoln-Way East vs. Edwardsville, 7:30 p.m.

Pool H: Bloomington vs. St. Charles East JV, 5:00 p.m., Geneva vs. St. Charles East JV, 6:15 p.m.; Bloomington vs. Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday's Gold, Silver and Bronze division quarterfinals begin at 8:00 a.m. with Pool A vs. Pool H and Pool B vs. Pool G. Pool C vs. Pool F and Pool D vs. Pool E play at 9:10 a.m.

The semifinals in all three divisions begin at 11:30 a.m. with the finals at 1:50 p.m.

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Brooks (15-11) and Kennedy (16-7) are among the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public High School Athletic Association girls volleyball playoffs. The quarterfinals will be played at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the UIC practice gymnasium on 901 W. Roosevelt Road.

The quarterfinals feature top-seeded Payton (22-9) vs. Jones, Lane vs. Young, Kennedy vs. Taft and Brooks vs. No. 2 Northside College Prep.

The semifinals are Wednesday, October 16 at Attack Athletics at 2641 W. Harrison at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., and the finals are Friday at Attack Athletics at 6:00 p.m.

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Prairie Ridge is looking for a junior varsity team -- comprised of mostly juniors with some freshman, sophomores and seniors - for a round-robin tournament on October 4, 2014. The tournament will start at 8:00 a.m. with three matches before lunch and two afterward.

If you are interested, contact Stefanie Otto, Prairie Ridge varsity volleyball coach, at sotto@d155.org.

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The Minooka volleyball team is hoping to score a lot of points on October 10 to benefit Shorewood HUGS as the Indians host their "Hits for HUGS" fundraiser.

Members of the volleyball program are soliciting donations for every point the varsity team scores during its contest against Oswego at the Central Campus. For example, if the team scores 50 points, a donation of 50 cents per point will generate a donation of $25.

Also, T-shirts may be purchased in advance of the game for $10 by contacting coach Chris Hoelscher at choelscher@mchs.net. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shorewood HUGS.

Shorewood HUGS is a local organization that supports those in need in the community. Their mission is to touch the hearts of people by giving them hope of a brighter tomorrow.

cl south.jpgCrystal Lake South players are all smiles as they celebrate their title at Saturday's Elk Grove invitational.


The latest Prepvolleyball.com Century Club National Rankings have Mercy Academy of Louisville, Kentucky sitting comfortably on top at 23-0. Last weekend, the Jaguars defeated Berkeley Prep of Tampa, Florida, which is among the participants in this weekend's Asics Challenge at Mother McAuley.

Mother McAuley (17-1), which won the Rich East tournament last weekend, is No. 5 in the rankings and will try to move up this weekend with an Asics championship, something an Illinois school has not done in a while.

Elsewhere in the rankings, St. Francis (21-2) checks in at No. 10. The Spartans had a 20-game win streak snapped by McAuley in the finals at Rich East, but can get a third crack at the Mighty Macs this weekend at the Asics Challenge where St. Francis is seeded fourth.

Rounding out the Illinois schools in the top 100 are No. 64 Breese Mater Dei (17-0), No. 72 Benet Academy (17-2), No. 88 Nazareth Academy (11-2), No. 96 Naperville North (16-2) and No. 97 Plainfield North (21-2).

Dropping out of the top 100 were former No. 49. New Trier (11-1), former No. 68. St. Charles North (15-4), and former No. 96 Waubonsie Valley (21-3).

On the bubble are Bloomington, Rockford Boylan, Breese Central, Crystal Lake South, Dakota, Edwardsville, Glenbard West, Keith Country Day, Joliet Catholic, Lake Zurich, Lincoln-Way Central, Marist, Montini, New Trier, Springfield, St. Charles East, St. Charles North and Waubonsie Valley.

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A team to watch come October is De La Salle. Led by juniors Kyra White, Natalie Arredia, Mary Kate Byrnes and Carleigh Barringer and senior libero Julianna Townsend, the Meteors (15-6) finished second at last weekend's Elk Grove invitational.

De la Salle, which lost in the regional finals last year, should pull down a top four seed at the Morton sectional. Their six losses include Mother McAuley (25-14, 28-26) and Loyola (29-27, 25-11) and their wins include Lake Forest, Maine South, Deerfield and Barrington.

"We're a solid team," coach Anna Marassa said. "We're not very big, but we try to run a nice, quick offense. Like anybody, if we serve-receive we're going be OK. We play solid defense and we use our serving as an offense.

"We're going to make some mistakes serving," she added. "We have the two jump -servers and the rest of the girls float-serve. I'm willing to take a few mistakes if we get some free points. Most of these girls are veteran players. They have been starting since their freshman year."

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The pairings for the Asics Challenged hosted by Mother McAuley this weekend are out, and not surprisingly, the Mighty Macs are the No. 1 seed. Notre Dame (14-3) of Compton, Ky., ranked No. 18 in the country by Prepvolleyball.com, is second, followed by (Louisville, Ky.) Assumption.

St. Francis is fourth, followed by (Tampa, Fla.) Berkeley Prep, (Louisville, Ky.) Sacred Heart, (Rochester, N.Y.) PIttsford Sutherland and (Rochester, N.Y.) Our Lady of Mercy. McAuley's pool includes Huntley and Downers Grove North, Nazareth is paired with Notre Dame and Marist drew Assumption in pool play.

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The Minooka volleyball team is hoping to score a lot of points on October 10 to benefit Shorewood HUGS as the Indians host their "Hits for HUGS" fundraiser.

Members of the volleyball program are soliciting donations for every point the varsity team scores during its contest against Oswego at the Central Campus. For example, if the team scores 50 points, a donation of 50 cents per point will generate a donation of $25.

Also, T-shirts may be purchased in advance of the game for $10 by contacting coach Chris Hoelscher at choelscher@mchs.net. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shorewood HUGS.

Shorewood HUGS is a local organization that supports those in need in the community. Their mission is to touch the hearts of people by giving them hope of a brighter tomorrow.

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Mia Railing had eight kills and Maggie McNamara added seven kills as Willowbrook (11-13) bounced back from a tough time at Saturday's Elk Grove invitational to defeat Addison Trail 25-18, 26-24 and improve to 3-1 in the West Suburban Gold.

Kelsey Linnig added 13 assists and Cheyenne Brunig had seven digs.

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St. Charles North (16-4) defeated Elgin 25-9, 25-16 on Tuesday ahead of its Upstate Eight Conference crossover showdown with Waubonsie Valley on Thursday.

Taylor Krage led all hitters with eight kills, Alex Woytych and Corrinne Sullivan each added four kills and Camille Kott had five. Taryn Daldegan added three aces and 10 assists, while Sydney Wohlert had two aces and 14 assists.

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Rachael Fara had eight kills, Tiffany Clark had seven kills, Brittany Pavich added six kills, Stephanie Sinnappan had 23 assists and Caroline Wolf added 17 digs as No. 3 Benet (17-2) defeated Marian Catholic 25-15, 25-14 Tuesday in Lisle.

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Down 21-15 in Game Two, Homewood-Flossmoor rallied to defeat Andrew 19-25, 27-25, 25-11 on Tuesday and improve to 18-5 on the season. Candace Tate led the Vikings with 10 kills, Avery Sykes had five kills, Helena Vallar had 15 assists and Skylar Hildebrand added 12 digs.

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Mark Johnston, who has led the boys volleyball program at St. Ignatius College Prep to three regional titles since 2007, was recently named the head coach of the women's program at Malcolm X College in Chicago. Miguel De La Rosa will serve as his assistant.

"Malcolm X is not competing in any matches this season as we are concentrating on developing the program from the ground up," Johnston said.

Malcolm X is one of the City Colleges of Chicago located at 1900 W. Van Buren St. It has an enrollment of more than 7.700 students. Malcolm X competes as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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