by Mike Slodki
Kanelandâ€™s volleyball squad rocked the pink for Volley for the Cure night, but found no solution for a winning formula against the formidable Geneva Lady Vikings.
Thursday saw Kaneland lose 25-11, 25-15. The Lady Knights then went to the Sherrard Invite, where they prevailed last season, and finished fourth out of 12 teams.
With the loss to Geneva, a 4-1 record in Sherrard, and a three-game win over Yorkville on Tuesday, the Lady Knights find themselves at 13-14 with a 6-7 record in Western Sun Conference play.
The win total matches last yearâ€™s 13-win total, with two more days of competition left in the regular season.
Against Geneva, Jessica Lubic had nine assists and Katy Dudzinski had five kills.
The Lady Vikings went out to a 17-4 lead in the first game and a 22-10 lead before closing it out.
In game two, a 14-3 lead for Geneva closed somewhat to 20-10 before the Lady Vikings sealed it.
Despite the loss against a tough Geneva program, KHS coach Todd Weimer found the positive going into the final homestretch of the season.
â€œKaty Dudzinski and Meredith Ament really stepped up tonight,â€ Weimer said. â€œWeâ€™re in a tough regional. DeKalb, Hampshire, Sycamore and Burlington Central. The top programs in one regional. Itâ€™s a difficult one, and whoever wins that will go down to state.â€
Meanwhile, KHS handed Morrison a 21-10, 21-10 defeat, beat Mercer County 21-10, 21-12, lost to host Sherrard 21-16, 14-21, 15-10, beat Illini West 25-14, 25-23 and beat Ridgewood 25-16, 25-17.
Abby VanDerHeyden had 12 kills, four aces and 27 digs throughout the tourney, while Lubich added 79 assists and 21 aces.
Against Yorkville, Kaneland won 21-15, 25-19, 25-9 thanks to Dudzinskiâ€™s six kills and six aces, along with VanDerHeydenâ€™s 10 digs.
KHS hosts SpikeFest on Saturday, Oct. 24 before regionals against DeKalb in Hampshire on Tuesday, Oct. 27.