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Lady Knights volleyball sweeps foe Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—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.

“We’ve just been working our tail off, and we’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. We’re taking care of business and soaring to new height,s and that’s our theme this year,” 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.

“We 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,” 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.

V-ball spikes Geneva for first time since 1991

KANELAND—This past week saw Lady Knights volleyball take care of an NIB-12 opponent, participate in some Iowa action, and vanquish an old foe.

The 13-11 (4-3 Northern Illinois Big XII) Kaneland crew earned i’s first win over non-conference foe Geneva for the first time in 19 years on Oct. 6, then followed that with a win against visiting Morris on Thursday, before going 1-2 in Bettendorf, Iowa, tourney action on Saturday morning. The week ended with a 25-18, 25-11 loss to host DeKalb on Tuesday.

In the 26-24, 23-25, 25-22 win over the Lady Vikings, Katy Dudzinski had 18 kills and three blocks, while teammate Jess Lubic added 32 assists, three kills, three blocks and two aces.

Lower level action saw the sophomores lose 25-22, 14-25, 15-25, the freshmen “A” roster lose 25-18, 25-21, and the “B” side take a 25-21, 26-24 win.

Against the Lady Redskins on Thursday, the Lady Knights swept a 25-13, 25-21 matchup. Grace Fabrizius had 10 kills and nine service points. Kylie Siebert had 10 digs and an ace.

In the Quad Cities, KHS lost 21-10, 21-19 to Bettendorf High School and 21-8, 21-13 to Ankeny High School before rallying to beat West Des Moines Valley High School 21-13, 22-20.

Siebert had 38 digs and 32 receptions on the day while Dudzinski had 24 kills and five blocks.

Against the Lady Barbs, Fabrizius had five kills, and Lubic added two aces and seven assists.

Coming up for the Lady Knights: a meeting with Sycamore along Spartan Trail on Thursday, Oct. 14.

VB drops 2 NIB-12 contests to DeKalb, Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—When it comes to Northern Illinois Big XII play, the Lady Knights volleyball club plays against its share of tough competition.

See: DeKalb and Sycamore.

Hosting two former Western Sun Conference schools this past week, Kaneland lost in two straight games on Tuesday to Sycamore, 25-19, 25-11, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 25-6, 25-18 clip.

KHS saw its mark slip to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in NIB-12 play.

Against the vaunted Lady Spartans, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, and Taylor Bradbury had five assists.

Teammates Kylie Siebert had eight digs and an ace, while Jess Lubic added five assists and two digs.

Sycamore went out to an 18-8 lead in the first game, but with steady play and improved communication, the Lady Knights closed to within 22-19 before Sycamore closed the deal.

The Lady Knights saw fortunes unfold almost identically to the second game and fell behind 18-8, but there would be no closing of the margin. Sycamore would close the match on a 6-3 run.

“I don’t know if there was a whole lot of difference in game one and game two,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “It’s the same things we’re trying to fix right now. It’s just about playing smart volleyball. They’re very athletic and very skilled but just putting a lot of pressure on themselves.”

The sophomores lost to Sycamore 25-11, 25-19. The freshmen “A” team lost 25-14, 25-22, while the “B: team lost 17-25, 25-15, 26-24.

Up next for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Yorkville on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Photo: Kaneland senior Jess Lubic moves in for the kill in recent volleyball action.
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VB nabs 3 wins, starts NIB-12 conference play

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball began the week with a satisfactory performance in Bartlett, and ended with its first-ever Northern Illinois Big XII win.

With a 2-2 showing at the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, and a two-game drubbing of host Morris on Tuesday, Kaneland now sits at 7-6 (1-0 NIB-12).

Kaneland began Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18 loss to Bartlett, but rallied to overtake Dundee-Crown by a final of 25-21, 25-10.

The third match came against Belvidere North and ended with a 27-25, 25-12 loss.

Never separated far from their opponents in the first game, Kaneland never took the lead. Although tied at 25, BN won out, despite strong front line play.

The second game had KHS tied 8-8 at one point, until it fell victim to a 17-3
run to end it.

“We just needed to come out better in that first part,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “We can’t just wait for them to score a bunch of points and catch up. We need to learn to start out each game ahead. It’s still early in the season, and we’re trying to figure out how to fix that.”

In match four, Kaneland solved Larkin of Elgin 25-13, 25-19.

Kylie Siebert had 44 receptions and 43 digs on the day, while Taylor Bradbury added 35 assists and eight aces.

Against Morris, Katy Dudzinski had 10 kills and an ace, while Jess Lubic added six kills, 13 assists and two aces.

Kaneland now hosts DeKalb in conference play on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Photo: Grace Fabrizius (14) offers up a serve in Kaneland’s third match of Saturday’s Bartlett Tournament, a 27-25, 25-12 loss to Belvidere North. Photo by Mike Slodki

Lady Knights volleyball plows through H-BR, Geneseo

KANELAND—The Lady Knights improved to 4-4 in the early outset of the season after a 25-13, 25-10 sweep of the host Lady Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, followed by an Northern Illinois Big XII crossover with visiting Geneseo. The Lady Knights beat the Maple Leafs 25-27, 25-15, 25-22.

Against H-BR, Katy Dudzinski had 14 kills, two aces and five digs. Teammate Jess Lubic added 17 assists, four digs and three kills.

Malory Groen had five kill,s and Kylie Siebert added 12 digs and three aces.

The sophomores beat the Lady Royals 25-10, 25-14.

The freshman squad won by a final of 25-13, 25-16.

Against Geneseo, the Lady Knights got 13 kills and two blocks from Dudzinski, and a 10 kill, 21 assist, three block effort from Lubic.

Asset Taylor Bradbury had 13 assists and two aces. Siebert added 18 digs, two aces and 16 receptions.

Sophomore action on Saturday saw KHS win 25-14, 25-10, and the freshmen handled their match 25-14, 8-25, 25-13.

The Lady Knights storm into the Bartlett Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Kaneland volleyball digs to 2-4 beginning

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If the Wheaton North Volleyball Classic would serve as an accurate barometer for how the Lady Knights volleyball team is doing, it looks like there’s progress, with more progress needing to be made for a successful campaign.

Despite the 2-3 record to begin 2010, Kaneland finished fourth out of 12 squads.

With Katy Dudzinski and Jess Lubic making the All-Tournament team, the Lady Knights lost their opening match to last year’s champ Oak Forest on Aug. 25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, and came back to beat Buffalo Grove later that night 26-24, 25-21.

Kaneland earned their one win on Saturday against Oak Forest, winning 20-25, 25-20, 25-23. The Lady Knights then succumbed to St. Viator by a 25-8, 25-22 margin.

Against the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, the Lady Knights lost 25-18, 25-16.

Post-tournament action had KHS losing to visiting Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 28-26, 25-22.

In meeting one vs. Oak Forest, an overzealous attack led to many balls going beyond the lines.

Kaneland was down 14-6 in the first game before closing to within 20-18 before Oak Forest pulled away.

Front line play from Lubic keyed a 19-6 lead in game two that led to the eventual eight-point win.

“What we saw in game two was very cool and very promising. We really haven’t fully unloaded yet,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said.

The Lady Knights fell behind by as much as 21-9 before the final loss.

Lubic had 12 kills and 28 assists, while Dudzinski added 17 kills and four aces.

In the win over the Bison, Lyndi Scholl had nine kills.

On Saturday, Dudzinski had 31 kills against Oak Forest. Against the Lions of Arlington Heights, Lubic had 37 assists and four aces, while Kylie Siebert had 24 digs against the Hilltoppers.

Taylor Bradbury had eight assists and an ace while Lubic had seven kills, 12 assists and 12 aces.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a visit to Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Photo: Despite five kills and one ace from Katy Dudzinski (right), KHS fell to rival Burlington Central on Tuesday, 25-16, 26-28, 25-22. Photo by Ben Draper

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

V-ball loses to Batavia, Geneva

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland has made certain strides thus far in 2009, but they still have some road to go when facing the likes of Batavia and Geneva. Kaneland (4-7, 2-3 Western Sun Conference) dropped a 25-14, 25-22 matchup with the visiting Bulldogs on Thursday.

In the losing effort, Katy Dudzinski had six kills, while Jess Lubic had 10 assists. Alyssa Synder contributed five blocks on the evening.

Lower level volleyball had Kaneland win the sophomore match with Batavia by a final of 25-15, 22-25, 25-20.

The freshman levels had no problem with their Bulldog counterparts. The “A’” team won 25, 22- 25-7, while the “B” side won a 25-9, 25-13 matchup.

Taking on Geneva, Kaneland lost 25-6, 25-13, despite five assists by Lubic.

The sophomores lost 25-23, 16-25, 20-25. Freshmen “A” won 12-25, 25-16, 25-19. “B” lost 25-19, 25-20.

The varsity group travels to Yorkville on Thursday, Sept. 24, and goes to Rochelle on Monday, Sept. 28.