by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—What was automatic for Sycamore in the past is anything but in the present.
But on Thursday, the Lady Knight contingent took the attack to the host Lady Spartans only to come away with a three-game loss: 23-25, 25-21, 25-18.
In Maple Park against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs, the Lady Knights won 25-16, 25-14.
With just one weekend left before the grueling Class 3A Regional setting, the Lady Knights are now 16-10, with a 4-4 tally in the Northern Illinois Big XII swing of things.
The Lady Knights saw a lift against Sycamore from assets Emily Laudont’s eight kills and eight digs, Lyndi Scholl’s seven kills and 22 digs, and Shayna Tucek’s 30 digs.
In other levels of KHS-SHS volleyball, the sophomores lost 25-23, 25-21, the freshman “A” team lost 25-16, 25-23, and the freshman “B” side lost 25-21, 25-14.
Against the Lady Hubs, coach Todd Weimer saw a group rallying.
“It was a slow start but we pulled away, lots of good defense, blocking and digging. Serve-receive was key tonight as well, we sided-out very well,” Weimer said.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Lady Knights swing by Game Farm Road to battle the host Yorkville Lady Foxes.
Saturday, Oct. 20, brings the usual end-of-season Spikefest to the East Gym at Kaneland, and the Class 3A Hampshire Regional on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. brings a challenge in the form of either No. 4 Genoa-Kingston or No. 5 St. Edward of Elgin.
If the No. 1 seed Lady Knights conquer the initial challenge, either Burlington Central, Sycamore or Hampshire awaits in the regional championship on Thursday, Oct. 25, en route to the Marian Central Catholic Sectional.
A year ago, Kaneland fell short in the St. Francis Regional in a three-game loss to famed rival Glenbard South in the opening match.