Dekalb ended the Lady Knightsâ€™ 2009 volleyball campaign with a 25-20, 25-15 sweep at the Burlington Central Regionalâ€™s first-round match on Thursday evening.
The fourth-seeded Lady Knights finish coach Todd Weimerâ€™s fifth campaign with a record of 16-18 (6-8 Western Sun Conference), a far cry from the first three years of the program, which had a combined seven wins.
Jessica Lubic, who had 14 assists and one ace, left midway through the second game with what was thought to be a sprain.
â€œSheâ€™s in good spirits, itâ€™s just a really bad sprain,â€ Weimer said. â€œSheâ€™s one of our captains and a third-year starter, kind of our quarterback out there.â€
In the first game, relatively tight action ensued with a 5-5 tie early on before DeKalb took a 10-6 lead. With strong front line play and DeKalb getting a case of the errors, KHS stormed ahead for a 16-13 lead.
After a couple of hitting errors tied the score at 17-17, DeKalb went in for the kill and went on an 8-3 run to finish.
Alyssa Snyder had four kills and three blocks. Abby VanDerHeyden had three kills and three digs. Katy Dudzinski added four kills.
â€œWe just controlled that whole match, positively and negatively. We were neck-and-neck, and there were a lot of errors on our part. We just have to take care of the ball,â€ Weimer said.
With the loss, Kaneland volleyball says goodbye to five seniors: Ashley Dunn, a transfer from West Chicago High School, Abby VanDerHeyden, Tara Groen, Jordan Hester and Alyssa Snyder.