by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Lady Knights volleyball has a funny relationship with the inevitable.
As in, they’ve done a good job of spoiling it lately.
For the first time under Coach Todd Weimer, Kaneland defeated Sycamore. The 25-21, 25-13 sweep of the Lady Spartans came on Senior Night along Spartan Trail.
â€œWeâ€™ve just been working our tail off, and weâ€™ve got a lot of confidence going on right now. We beat Geneva for the first time in 19 years and now we just beat the top-seeded team in the regional. Weâ€™re taking care of business and soaring to new height,s and thatâ€™s our theme this year,â€ Weimer said.
Kaneland also handled Rochelle in Maple Park on Tuesday by a final of 25-19, 25-14.
Kaneland is now 15-11 on the year, and 6-3 in Northern Illinois Big XII action.
The effort was buoyed by Jess Lubic (eight digs, 14 assists, one block, one ace), Kylie Siebert (two kills, 12 digs, one ace) and Malory Groen (three kills, two blocks).
Defeating the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Kaneland 3A Regional could make things interesting in a matter of days.
Up 12-8 on Sycamore, the Spartans made an unforced error to fall to 13-8. Lubic later set the ball to the other side of the net for a 15-10 lead. The Lady Spartans closed within 21-19, but a Katy Dudzinski kill and a block by the junior made it 23-19 and eventually cruised to the four-point win.
Game two went even worse for the hosts. Down 3-1, Kaneland quickly went on a 9-3 run to go up 10-6. Later, sloppy play by the hosts and key front-line play made it 17-9 Kaneland. Game point was a Lubic set over the net, marking the biggest lead of the game and touching off a group celebration.
â€œWe were kind of hoping to come in here and get a win because this was basically for second in conference if we win out. We played DeKalb (last Tuesday) and had a lot of unforced errors, so we came in here knowing we had to control the ball better,â€ Lubic said.
Meanwhile, against the Hubs, Taylor Bradbury had two aces and four digs while Lubic added four kills and nine assists.
Kaneland hosts its annual Spikefest on Saturday, Oct. 23, beginning at 8 a.m.