by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”If the Wheaton North Volleyball Classic would serve as an accurate barometer for how the Lady Knights volleyball team is doing, it looks like thereâ€™s progress, with more progress needing to be made for a successful campaign.
Despite the 2-3 record to begin 2010, Kaneland finished fourth out of 12 squads.
With Katy Dudzinski and Jess Lubic making the All-Tournament team, the Lady Knights lost their opening match to last yearâ€™s champ Oak Forest on Aug. 25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, and came back to beat Buffalo Grove later that night 26-24, 25-21.
Kaneland earned their one win on Saturday against Oak Forest, winning 20-25, 25-20, 25-23. The Lady Knights then succumbed to St. Viator by a 25-8, 25-22 margin.
Against the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, the Lady Knights lost 25-18, 25-16.
Post-tournament action had KHS losing to visiting Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 28-26, 25-22.
In meeting one vs. Oak Forest, an overzealous attack led to many balls going beyond the lines.
Kaneland was down 14-6 in the first game before closing to within 20-18 before Oak Forest pulled away.
Front line play from Lubic keyed a 19-6 lead in game two that led to the eventual eight-point win.
“What we saw in game two was very cool and very promising. We really haven’t fully unloaded yet,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said.
The Lady Knights fell behind by as much as 21-9 before the final loss.
Lubic had 12 kills and 28 assists, while Dudzinski added 17 kills and four aces.
In the win over the Bison, Lyndi Scholl had nine kills.
On Saturday, Dudzinski had 31 kills against Oak Forest. Against the Lions of Arlington Heights, Lubic had 37 assists and four aces, while Kylie Siebert had 24 digs against the Hilltoppers.
Taylor Bradbury had eight assists and an ace while Lubic had seven kills, 12 assists and 12 aces.
Ahead for the Lady Knights is a visit to Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 2.
Photo: Despite five kills and one ace from Katy Dudzinski (right), KHS fell to rival Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22. Photo by Ben Draper