by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”When it comes to Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Lady Knights volleyball club plays against its share of tough competition.
See: DeKalb and Sycamore.
Hosting two former Western Sun Conference schools this past week, Kaneland lost in two straight games on Tuesday to Sycamore, 25-19, 25-11, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 25-6, 25-18 clip.
KHS saw its mark slip to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in NIB-12 play.
Against the vaunted Lady Spartans, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, and Taylor Bradbury had five assists.
Teammates Kylie Siebert had eight digs and an ace, while Jess Lubic added five assists and two digs.
Sycamore went out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, but with steady play and improved communication, the Lady Knights closed to within 22-19 before Sycamore closed the deal.
The Lady Knights saw fortunes unfold almost identically to the second game and fell behind 18-8, but there would be no closing of the margin. Sycamore would close the match on a 6-3 run.
â€œI donâ€™t know if there was a whole lot of difference in game one and game two,â€ KHS coach Todd Weimer said. â€œItâ€™s the same things weâ€™re trying to fix right now. Itâ€™s just about playing smart volleyball. Theyâ€™re very athletic and very skilled but just putting a lot of pressure on themselves.â€
The sophomores lost to Sycamore 25-11, 25-19. The freshmen â€œAâ€ team lost 25-14, 25-22, while the â€œB: team lost 17-25, 25-15, 26-24.
Up next for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Photo: Kaneland senior Jess Lubic moves in for the kill in recent volleyball action.