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Volleyball gears for postseason with 14-17 record

DeKalb stopped Kaneland’s volleyball roster on Oct. 21 by a final of 29-27, 25-22 at the home of the Lady Barbs.

KHS then went on to host the annual SpikeFest gathering, finishing fifth out of eight squads.

With the 1-2 showing at SpikeFest, Kaneland’s regular season mark concludes at 14-17, with a final-ever Western Sun Conference mark of 6-8.

Against the Barbs, Jessica Lubic had 18 assists, eight digs and four aces.

Abby VanDerHeyden added three kills and ten digs. Katy Dudzinski added five kills.

In the sophomore matchup, the Lady Knights handled DeKalb by a final of 11-25, 25-8, 25-15.

The freshman “A” team lost to DHS 25-18, 25-20, and the “B” side took a 25-19, 25-20 win.

At SpikeFest, the Lady Knights lost to Aurora Central Catholic by a final of 25-19, 25-18, lost to Hampshire 25-11, 20-25, 15-10, and beat Peotone 25-12, 25-12.

Geneva beat Hampshire in the championship match.

Now brings the regional grouping for Kaneland. Burlington Central is the site for Kaneland’s first challenge on Thursday, Oct. 29, as the fourth seed, with a 5:30 p.m. matchup against (5) DeKalb.

At 6:30 p.m., (2) Burlington Central faces (3) Sycamore, while top-seeded Hampshire faces the KHS-DeKalb winner at 7:30 p.m. The regional title match takes place on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.

Photo: Kaneland’s Mallory Groen (15) and Katy Dudzinski (2) take care of business in a 25-12, 25-12 win over Peotone during Saturday’s SpikeFest. Photo by Ryan Wells

V-Ball falls to Geneva, beats Yorkville, now 13-14

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland’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 year’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.

“Katy Dudzinski and Meredith Ament really stepped up tonight,” Weimer said. “We’re in a tough regional. DeKalb, Hampshire, Sycamore and Burlington Central. The top programs in one regional. It’s a difficult one, and whoever wins that will go down to state.”

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 Dudzinski’s six kills and six aces, along with VanDerHeyden’s 10 digs.

KHS hosts SpikeFest on Saturday, Oct. 24 before regionals against DeKalb in Hampshire on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

V-Ball (8-12) digs through tough week

Kaneland volleyball went a little west of the border to take a break from the usual Western Sun Conference competition this weekend.

The Lady Knights went through three matches and came away with a 1-2 record, finishing fifth out of eight teams in the Bettendorf, Iowa tournament on Saturday.

Previously, KHS lost to Sycamore in Maple Park on Thursday by a final of 25-16, 25-20.

On Tuesday, Kaneland lost to Batavia in a road matchup by a final of 25-11, 25-15.

Overall, the Lady Knights are 8-12 with a 5-6 WSC mark.

The Lady Knights competed with the No. 1 ranked Ankeny High School girls and lost 21-13, 21-8. Kaneland then took on Bettendorf High School and lost 21-10, 21-12. In Kaneland’s finale, it managed a 21-17, 21-18 win over Dubuque.

For the day, Katy Dudzinski had 12 kills, Abby VanDerHeyden had eight kills and three aces, and Alyssa Snyder had three kills and seven blocks.

When the Lady Knights took on the visiting Spartans, VanDerHeyden had 10 digs while Jessica Lubic added to the attack with 18 assists and eight digs.

In the sophomore outing, the Lady Knghts lost to the Lady Spartans by a final of 25-10, 25-16.

The freshmen “A” team lost 25-19, 25-20, but the “B” squad took a 25-13, 14-25, 25-21 decision.

Against the Lady Bulldogs, KHS saw 12 assists and two blocks from Lubic and 10 digs from VanDerHeyden.

Next up for the Lady Knights is a home match with Geneva on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Volleyball drops match to GS

While Lady Knights volleyball continues to look strong against formidable Western Sun Conference teams, there still is room for improvement.

On Tuesday, Kaneland lost a home battle with Glenbard South by a final of 27-25, 25-21. Despite Jessica Lubic’s 12 assists and two blocks, the Lady Knights are now 7-8, with a 5-4 mark in Western Sun Conference play.

Abby VanDerHeyden added three kills for the effort.

On Sept. 26, Kaneland hosted freshmen and sophomore volleyball teams at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove in lower-level tournaments.

The freshmen Lady Knights placed third with a 1-2 record. Their lone win came against Burlington Central in a 23-25, 25-17, 15-13 match. Previously, Kaneland lost to Dekalb, 25-18, 25-11, and to Rosary 25-14, 25-20.

DeKalb, with a 3-0 record, took the invite over Rosary with a 25-9, 25-13 win.

The Kaneland sophomores finished fourth with a 1-2 record, but managed a 25-15, 25-15 win over DeKalb. DeKalb’s 25-22 win over Burington Central sealed its championship.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Oct. 15, KHS volleyball hosts Dig Pink Night-Volley for the Cure. With the Lady Knights facing Geneva, the freshman “A” and “B” matches begin at 5 p.m. in the West Guym, while the sophomore match starts at 5 p.m. in the main gym.

Volleyball skills contests begin after the sophomore match, and the varsity match begins at 6:30 p.m. Pink volleyball shirts will be on sale for $10. A silent auction will also take place, with all profits from the evening benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Lady Knights conquer court

by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights volleyball doesn’t mind seeing carbon copies of matches, as long as they turn out to be wins.

Much like a previous conference win three weeks ago at Glenbard South, Kaneland found itself trailing after one game before coming back to beat host Yorkville on Thursday, 14-25, 25-21. 25-13.

Kaneland also disposed of Rochelle in a road jaunt by a 25-20, 25-9 final, and beat WSC powerhouse DeKalb (14-4) on Tuesday at KHS.

The wins bring KHS up to 7-7, with a 5-3 mark in Western Sun Conference play.

Jess Lubic had 27 assists and three aces.

“We worked the kinks out, and we were able to relax between game one and game two. We had missed six serves in the first game. We just can’t do that,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said.

Kaneland was down 7-3 early and 20-11 before succumbing to a Lady Foxes kill to end the game.

Yorkville became error-prone, and Kaneland took advange with a 7-1 lead before YHS tied it at eight. Front-line play of Lubic and Mackenzie Curran keyed a 10-3 surge. Later, a side out gave KHS a 22-18 cushion before a Lubic block gave the Lady Knights a second-game win.

Against the Hubs, Lubic had 10 assists and three aces.

Lubic had 24 assists, four kills, three blocks and four aces against the Barbs, while Abby VanDerHeyden added four kills and eight digs. Taylor Bradbury contributed with six digs.

Photo: Lady Knights Kylie Siebert and Abby VanDerHeyden look to save the ball during Kaneland’s win over DeKalb on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Slodki

Volleyball begins 2009 at 2-4

While the Lady Knights volleyball squad got some wins under its belt, the aim is to remedy the initial 2-4 start to 2009.

Kaneland began the season schedule at the Wheaton North Tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 26, going 2-1, but lost both matches on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Tuesday had Kaneland lose a 25-19, 25-20 matchup with host Burlington Central.

In DuPage County, Kaneland lost to host Wheaton North by a 25-21, 25-19 margin. KHS came back to beat St. Joseph’s of Westchester, Ill., in a 25-19, 25-15 skirmish, before closing out the first night against Oak Forest, winning 25-21, 17-25, 15-10.

Abby VanDerHeyden supplied 20 digs and 14 kills on the first night, while Jessica Lubic had 39 assists, 123 kills, five blocks and six aces.

Alyssa Snyder added 12 kills and four blocks.

On the tougher Saturday slate, St. Viator of Arlington Heights took care of the Lady Knights 25-15, 16-24, and Glenbard West topped Kaneland 25-18, 25-20.

Kylie Siebert had 17 digs while Katy Dudzinski had 12 kills of her own.

Against the Lady Rockets, Lubic had 12 assists, while Snyder had three kills to her credit.

Varsity volleyball’s first serve for the final season of Western Sun Conference play begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8 vs. Rochelle.