By Pat Brozynski

Mother McAuley slips to 10th in Century Club rankings

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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.


Mercy Academy (Louisville, Ky.) retained the top spot in the 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

To make a donation, please visit Go Ball Out for Ryan O'Malley! at You can also contact Nelson directly at


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

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