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Weimer says goodbye to KHS volleyball

Eight years and an improved program later, Weimer tends to other responsibilities
KANELAND—For the first time since the 2004 season, Kaneland volleyball will have a new face patrolling the sidelines this fall.

The resignation of eight-year head coach Todd Weimer deems it necessary.

A new coach was expected to be named this month.

Weimer leaves the perch after a letter of resignation and his team’s first sectional playoff appearance.

The Harter Middle School teacher will keep his teaching responsibilities but will no longer have to juggle different teams and different schools, having been the boys volleyball head coach at St. Charles North High School.

The husband and father of a 2-year-old daughter felt the decision came together fairly quickly.

“It all happened fairly fast, but I was carefully thinking about everything,” Weimer said. “Everything probably started in the middle of June. I was out of town for several weeks with my family and really started to realize how much I was missing out. The spring season at St. Charles North was such an incredible journey. Getting third in State with the boys team was just unbelievable and such a great group of players, coaches, managers and parents.”

Weimer’s teams struggled out of the gate early on but cultivated area talent to beat Geneva for the first time in 19 years back in 2010, and hoisted a regional plaque at Hampshire last October after beating rival Sycamore.

Regardless of where the Lady Knights finished last fall, Weimer said he feels it wouldn’t have influenced the summer decision.

“I’m pretty confident that whether we lost right away, won Sectionals or State, my decision would be the same. Family is important to me. I hope that people know that I’m a family man,” Weimer said.

The girls volleyball program earned its first winning season under Weimer in 2010-11 (19-14) and has won 61 matches in its last three seasons.

That’s compared to seven matches won from 2005-08.

“I became relaxed in a few things, but still defensive-oriented on the court. I was coming off fresh from the USA Deaf National Team, played club ball at NIU, and had a lot of high-level training and coaching,” Weimer said. “Being able to mold that and adjust to teach and work with the younger kids was important. I’ve always been intense and would fight for every point. I’ve become more relaxed in that and just keeping that excitement inside until after we won the match.”

Weimer said it’s too early to tell on a return to the girls volleyball landscape.

“I can see myself getting back into head coaching, but when you have kids and you want to see them enjoy life, dance lesson, playing sports, and attending family functions, you just want to be a part of that,” Weimer said.

The longtime sideline presence leaves behind a program with the arrow pointed up and a total record of 97-158.

“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles, especially those first three seasons, not a lot of success and a lot of frustration,” Weimer said. “But I wouldn’t trade any of that in, it’s all part of the rebuilding process and the journey and I’m very happy to be a part of that.”

Volleyball passes 1st playoff test

Photo: Keri Groen pushes the ball past Geneva defenders uring Kaneland’s Spikefest held at Kaneland Harter Middle School on Saturday. Photo by Patti Wilk

Top-seed Lady Knights sweep Green Wave at Hampshire
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Tuesday’s playoff opener got rid of the bad taste of last year’s crushing opening defeat pretty well.

Almost a year to the day of a three-game downer at the hands of Glenbard South to end the 2011 season, mistakes were curbed and the aggressive tone worked in a 25-18, 25-18 win over St. Edward of Elgin on Tuesday at the Class 3A Hampshire Regional.

The win over the No. 5 seed Green Wave paves the way for a regional winner-take-all against the third-seed Sycamore Lady Spartans, which beat No. 2 Burlington Central after Kaneland’s victory by a 25-23, 25-21 clip.

“Postseason has not been nice to us, and we’ve faced some tough opponents,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “We were determined and we were focused, and we wanted to come out and play the best we could.”

KHS is now 22-12 for the year.

St. Edward fell victim to its share of errors in the first game on Tuesday, and Kaneland took advantage with a 15-5 lead. The Green Wave closed it to 19-12 before an Ellie Dunn kill. After seeing the margin close to 20-15, a block by Keri Groen, a pass over the net by Jenny Lubic and a Lyndi Scholl kill helped extend the margin to 24-16. An attempted block hit the net for game point at 24-18.

“The most important thing that we did was ball control,” libero Shayna Tucek said. “Every player focused on what they had to do, and they did it.”

St. Edward regained some footing and was ahead as late as 14-13 in the second game.

A Lauren Banbury kill gave the Lady Knights a lead for good at 16-15. After Kaneland put the pressure on, St. Edward was forced to regroup in a time out at 22-16.

Up 22-17, Groen stuck a kill down the St. Edward lineup, and several exchanges later, had another kill followed by a Scholl game point for the match win.

“It’s honestly the biggest weight lifted off,” Scholl said. “It’s an amazing feeling knowing that we can play Thursday and the season isn’t over. We still have a chance.”

Thursday’s loss to the visiting Lady Foxes was despite the best efforts of Lubic and Ashley Prost, who had a combined 24 assists. The lower level games all went Kaneland’s way.

At SpikeFest, no team performed better except the champion Geneva Lady Vikings. Riverside-Brookfield took third, followed by Metea Valley, Yorkville and Hampshire.

Kaneland’s 4-1 mark featured wins over Hampshire (25-16, 25-19), R-B (27-25, 27-25), Metea Valley (25-17, 20-25, 15-9) and Yorkville (25-14, 25-14).

The loss against Geneva was a 25-19, 25-22 result.

By virtue of their exceptional play, Dunn and Banbury of Kaneland earned all-tournament nods.

Dunn had 18 aces, three kills and eight blocks, while teammate Banbury had 13 kills and four blocks.

Kaneland is set to play in the Hampshire Regional final on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.

Volleyball navigates homestretch

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—What was automatic for Sycamore in the past is anything but in the present.

But on Thursday, the Lady Knight contingent took the attack to the host Lady Spartans only to come away with a three-game loss: 23-25, 25-21, 25-18.

In Maple Park against the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs, the Lady Knights won 25-16, 25-14.

With just one weekend left before the grueling Class 3A Regional setting, the Lady Knights are now 16-10, with a 4-4 tally in the Northern Illinois Big XII swing of things.

The Lady Knights saw a lift against Sycamore from assets Emily Laudont’s eight kills and eight digs, Lyndi Scholl’s seven kills and 22 digs, and Shayna Tucek’s 30 digs.

In other levels of KHS-SHS volleyball, the sophomores lost 25-23, 25-21, the freshman “A” team lost 25-16, 25-23, and the freshman “B” side lost 25-21, 25-14.

Against the Lady Hubs, coach Todd Weimer saw a group rallying.

“It was a slow start but we pulled away, lots of good defense, blocking and digging. Serve-receive was key tonight as well, we sided-out very well,” Weimer said.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Lady Knights swing by Game Farm Road to battle the host Yorkville Lady Foxes.

Saturday, Oct. 20, brings the usual end-of-season Spikefest to the East Gym at Kaneland, and the Class 3A Hampshire Regional on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. brings a challenge in the form of either No. 4 Genoa-Kingston or No. 5 St. Edward of Elgin.

If the No. 1 seed Lady Knights conquer the initial challenge, either Burlington Central, Sycamore or Hampshire awaits in the regional championship on Thursday, Oct. 25, en route to the Marian Central Catholic Sectional.

A year ago, Kaneland fell short in the St. Francis Regional in a three-game loss to famed rival Glenbard South in the opening match.

Back in the hunt

Photo: Kaneland’s Ellie Dunn (3) gets a spike past Morris defenders during Kaneland’s home match on Oct. 4. Photo by Patti Wilk

Lady Knights stifle Morris, take down DeKalb
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—KHS volleyball earned another conference win against a rival, then faced neighbors even further west before accomplishing a first-ever task against DeKalb in a busy week.

Thursday saw a three-game win over visiting Morris, while Saturday saw the usual early-October trip to the Bettendorf Tournament in Iowa. They then earned their first win at the new DeKalb High School. In fact, all levels won at DeKalb on Tuesday, a feat that has head coach Todd Weimer excited.

“All levels won, so (it was a) big program sweep,” Weimer said.

Tuesday’s back-and-forth win over DeKalb saw Kaneland run out to a 25-20 win in game one. Game two turned into a marathon as both teams battled back and forth before DeKalb took the 31-29 victory. Kaneland held firm in game three, earning the match victory with a 25-20 win.

Weimer said the win was especially sweet since his team’s roster had to be juggled. One player was not available, while several others were just returning after long illnesses and injuries.

“(The) varsity did a phenomenal job … just all about teamwork,” Weimer said. “What more do you want?”

The Lady Knights now stand at 16-9 overall, 4-3 in the conference.

“We’re back in the hunt for the conference race,” Weimer said.

The matchup opposite the Lady Redskins of Morris went 23-25, 25-18, 25-22 in favor of KHS despite early difficulties.

Ellie Dunn had 12 kills, two aces and five blocks. Emily Laudont added seven kills and nine digs, while teammate Lauren Banbury contributed seven kills and two blocks.

Weapon Lyndi Scholl put in four kills and five digs of her own.

Additional Kaneland-Morris action saw the sophomores take a 25-23, 25-16 win, the freshman “A” team win a 25-12, 25-19 affair, while the freshman “B” team emerged with a 22-25, 25-11, 25-23 win of its own.

With their hands full against three teams from the host state, Kaneland went to work against No. 2 ranked Ankeny, but fell 21-10, 21-19.

Against host Bettendorf, KHS lost again by a final of 21-13, 21-17, before righting the ship against Waukee 15-21, 21-17, 19-17 in the modified tourney scoring.

Ellie Dunn set the tone with 16 kills and 10 digs in the three matches. Ashley Prost had 36 assists in her name, while Tucek put together 21 digs.

“It was great to see our girls be the most competitive ever at this very difficult and competitive invite,” Weimer said. “We’re very fortunate that we’re able to go out there and compete fairly well. Even Waukee was very good. There is no weak team out there.”

The Lady Knights take on host Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Lady Knights drop tight match to Geneva, beat Ottawa

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball could have rolled through this week with two victories as they enter the final third of the 2012 regular season.

It’ll have to be happy with one.

On Sept. 26, the Lady Knights (13-7, 2-3 Northern Illinois Big XII) went to old standby rival Geneva, where they lost a tough 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 matchup to the Upstate Eight school.

Kaneland beat Geneva for the first time since 1993 last year, but couldn’t make magic happen again in 2012.

KHS came back with a sound two-game win against the Northern Illinois Big XII West division foe Ottawa on Thursday, by a final of 25-11, 27-25.

Against the Lady Vikings, it was sophomore Ellie Dunn leading the way with 12 kills, three blocks and five digs, while Shayna Tucek had 22 digs and two aces to her credit.

Lyndi Scholl had 20 digs, and fellow Lady Knight Ashley Prost added 29 assists with nine digs.

Facing off against the Lady Pirates, Prost had 22 more assists, and Tucek had 11 digs.

“I’m always happy when we can bounce back after a tough loss. We’ve had some real close ones, and we’re improving by the day as a team. Still working on the small things that can make a big difference,” KHS head coach Todd Weimer said.

Kaneland swept Ottawa on all levels of action.

Kaneland has more NIB-12 on the horizon, with a matchup against the visiting Lady Redskins of Morris on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Lady Knights stump Hub rivals

Casey Jacobson (8) makes a dig with support from Shayna Tucek (5) on Tuesday. Yorkville traveled to Kaneland to take on the varsity girls. Photo by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
ROCHELLE—That’s how you get back on an even keel.

The Lady Knight volleyball outfit needed a way to solidify its Northern Illinois Big XII standing at the early outset of the conference slate.

After last week’s loss to DeKalb, the Lady Knights figured the best way to even up their NIB-12 record was a convincing two-game win in Ogle County, 25-15, 25-19, over Rochelle.

Kaneland’s overall record is 12-6 following Tuesday’s loss to Yorkville.

Ellie Dunn had 13 kills, plus two aces by the net for the Lady Knights, and Lyndi Scholl had nine kills and 10 digs in the winning effort. Ashley Prost had 32 assists and eight digs.

Shayna Tucek had 22 digs.

KHS maintained a lead from wire-to-wire, with the exception of a 14-14 tie in game two.

Consistent front-line play and execution allowed Kaneland to enjoy a lead as wide as 17-9 in game one before Rochelle cut it to 18-15.

The Lady Knights went on a seven-point game-ending tear, thanks to sloppy play by Rochelle and a couple of digs by Scholl.

Scholl’s kill gave Kaneland a 10-point edge and a game one win.

In game two, Kaneland enjoyed a 9-1 lead early before Rochelle closed within 10-9.

After Rochelle’s serving ace, Dunn and Scholl took charge and aggressively pursued the ball to success with tips and kills. Their flurry made it 23-16. With the score 24-19, Dunn hit the ball for a point, and Scholl killed it on the next exchange to cinch victory.

“I think it helped that we had a variety of everyone up there,” Scholl said. “Ashley and Ellie really stepped it up, and everything played out where it needed to be.”

Tucek saved many a ball that made it past the front line, and helped dig the Lady Knights to victory.

“I think it was really important that we stepped it up on defense, and serve-receive was important, too,” Tucek said.

KHS coach Todd Weimer was happy with the conference win and the level of play.

“I think we were trying to find the matchups and reading blocks. We’re going to continue to work on that, and it helps us in the long run,” Weimer said. “We really did a nice job the whole match tonight, and it was nice to see that.”

Yorkville visited Kaneland and defeated the Lady Knights in a back-and-forth three-game match. Kaneland’s 22-25, 25-22, 17-25 loss put the Lady Knights below .500 in conference play, as their NIB-12 record fell to 2-3.

Dunn led the way with 10 kills, one ace and five blocks. Scholl added eight kills and five digs. Emily Loudant contributed six kills, six digs and one ace, and Prost spread out 25 assists to go along with her six digs.

The sophomore squad easily handled game one in their match with Yorkville, 25-7, and then battled through a tough game two to win 26-24. Both the Freshman A and Freshman B teams also added wins over their Lady Foxes opponents.

KHS attempts to handle the visiting Ottawa Lady Pirates on Thursday, Sept. 27, in NIB-12 crossover action.

Lady Barbs victimize Kaneland volleyball

Photo: Kaneland volleyball captain Lauren Banberry (below) goes up against swarming DeKalb jumpers during the home varsity match on Thursday. Kaneland’s Lyndi Scholl (right) picks up a dig during the same match against DeKalb at Kaneland High School. Photos by Patti Wilk

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Over the past several years, Kaneland volleyball has made numerous strides.

But even a program that has amassed back-to-back 19-win seasons will still have its problems with fellow established clubs.

That was the case on Thursday with the Lady Knights ending up on the wrong side of a three-game loss.

DeKalb got the better of Kaneland in a 25-20, 26-28, 25-23 decision, which, when combined with Kaneland’s Tuesday win over Sycamore, brought the KHS tally for 2012 to 11-5, and 1-2 in the Northern Illinois Big XII race.

“We couldn’t close out both matches,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said of the DeKalb match. “We were up and lost in the end against DeKalb. (We) started out slow and lost in the end.”

There is still time to make headway in what Weimer thinks will be a tight NIB-12 group.

“DeKalb is generally pretty good. Sycamore, Morris and Yorkville are also doing very well. It’s a balanced conference this year,” Weimer said.

The Lady Knight effort was supplanted by Ellie Dunn with 10 kills and four blocks. Teammate Jenny Lubic supplied 18 assists on the evening, while Shayna Tucek had nine digs in the loss. KHS veteran Ashley Prost supplied eight kills of her own.

In other KHS-DeKalb volleyball action, the Lady Knight sophomores took home a 25-16, 25-15 win. The freshman “A” team completed a 25-19, 25-19 victory, while their “B” counterparts managed a 25-17, 25-20 win.

The Lady Knights defeated Sycamore in straight games, winning 25-12, 25-21.

The varsity crew faces the visiting Yorkville Lady Foxes on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

KHS tops H-BR

Kaneland—The Lady Knights volleyball team improved its record to 5-2 with a Tuesday win over Hinckley-Big Rock.

Kaneland won in straight games, 25-13, 25-11, and set a season record with nine aces.

“We did a great job of being aggressive at the net, along with solid D from the whole team,” head coach Todd Weimer said.

Elize Dunn led the team in kills with 11, to go along with one ace and four digs. Jenny Lubic collected 22 assists to lead the team by far, in addition to two aces and five digs. Lyndi Scholl added four kills and an ace, Lauren Banbury tallied six kills and two aces, Ashley Prost contributed with three kills, one ace and nine digs, and Rachel Clinton and Shayna Tucek combined for 11 digs to help lead the way.

The Lady Knights next travel to Streator for a Thursday, Sept. 6, contest.

Volleyball Preview: V-ball hungry for more

Photo: If they play with the same intensity, The Lady Knights volleyball girls can improve even more over the last two seasons’ combined 38 wins. In coach Todd Weimer’s (right, center) regime, the fact that Kaneland was one point away from a regional match victory shows the significant progress KHS has made on the court. File Photo

Lady Knights use last year’s semifinal loss as motivation
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND-—Last year’s Class 3A regional semifinal against Glenbard South had a little bit of everything.

If you were a Kaneland volleyball fan, it had everything except a win.

Just one point away from getting to the regional final, it leaves the remaining players from the 2011 squad and returning coach Todd Weimer hungry.

“We want to win. No one is happy and we’re making sure we work hard on overcoming that tough loss versus Glenbard South,” Weimer said.

Weimer has seen much improvement in the program since he took over seven years ago, and the Lady Knights have put together back-to-back 19-win seasons.

They’re looking for more from the returnees.

“The qualities and skills are there from all of the girls. While we graduated some great kids, we have a lot of awesome newcomers. Our veterans are doing terrific so far,” Weimer said.

The great kids Weimer refers to are players like Northern Illinois Big XII player of the year Kylie Siebert, current Wichita State University Shocker Katy Dudzinski, Kourtni Bingley and Malory Groen.

While that group of players lost to graduation is significant, a solid core returns to the Kaneland roster.

The Lady Knights are lifted by senior captains Ashley Prost and Lauren Banbury, and junior captain Jenny Lubic.

Senior returnees also include Keri Groen, Lyndi Scholl and Rachael Clinton.

Varsity newcomers include juniors Ellie Strang, Meredith McCaffrey, Casey Jacobsen, Brin Wilk and Emily Laudont.

Two other newcomers to the Kaneland ranks are expected to produce big things in the form of senior Metea Valley transfer Shayna Tucek and sophomore Ellie Dunn, sister of volleyball alum Ashley Dunn.

“We just need to play great defense and work together. The stronger we work together, the more we can accomplish,” Weimer said.

The Lady Knights wish to get things going right away in regular season and conference play, and improve on their third-place finish a year ago.

“We lost four conference matches last year, two to DeKalb, one to Morris and one to Yorkville. It’s wide open and anybody’s conference. We have the tools and weapons to bring it. It’s a matter of finishing it and getting the end result in our corner,” Weimer said.

The Lady Knights opened their season at the Wheaton North Tournament this week, which concludes on Saturday, Aug. 25. Their home opener is against Burlington Central on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Varsity Roster
Seniors
Shayna Tucek
Rachael Clinton
Lyndi Scholl
Keri Groen
Lauren Banbury
Ashley Prost
Juniors
Emily Laudont
Brin Wilk
Casey Jacobsen
Lenny Lubic
Meredith McCaffrey
Ellie Strang
Sophomores
Ellie Dunn

Head coach
Todd Weimer

Varsity Volleyball Schedule
• Wednesday, Aug. 22; 4:30 p.m.
At Wheaton North Tourney
• Saturday, Aug. 25; 8 a.m.
At Wheaton North Tourney
• Tuesday, Aug. 28; 6 p.m.
Home vs. Burlington-Central HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 4; 7 p.m.
At Hinckley-Big Rock HS
• Thursday, Sept. 6; 6 p.m.
At Streator High School
• Saturday, Sept. 8; 8 a.m.
At Bartlett Invite
• Tuesday, Sept. 11; 6 p.m.
At Morris High School
• Thursday, Sept. 13; 6 p.m.
Home vs. DeKalb High School
• Tuesday, Sept. 18; 6 p.m.
Home vs. Sycamore High School
• Wednesday, Sept. 19; 6 p.m.
At Rochelle Twp HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 25; 6 p.m.
Home vs. Yorkville High School
• Wednesday, Sept. 26; 5:30 p.m.
At Geneva High School
• Thursday, Sept. 27; 6 p.m.
Home vs. Ottawa Twp HS
• Thursday, Oct. 4; 6 p.m.
Home vs. Morris High School
• Saturday, Oct. 6; 8 a.m.
At Bettendorf Invite
• Tuesday, Oct. 9; 6 p.m.
At DeKalb High School
• Thursday, Oct. 11; 6 p.m.
At Sycamore High School
• Tuesday, Oct. 16; 6 p.m.
Home vs. Rochelle Twp HS
• Thursday Oct. 18; 6 p.m.
At Yorkville High School
• Saturday, Oct. 20; 8 a.m.
Home—Spikefest

NIB-12 volleyball accented with Siebert MVP tag

Senior leads East Division honors, joined by three teammates
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a productive year for Kaneland volleyball, much like last year.

But this year, the Lady Knights can not only boast 38 wins in the last two seasons, but can now trumpet a conference MVP in its ranks.

Kylie Siebert, a senior, who provided stability at the libero position, was voted by coaches to be the NIB-12 East division MVP.

“It’s an honor that we were able to have both Kylie and Katy make the All Conference Team,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “And another step further, Kylie is our first All Conference, MVP, Player of the Year. Most MVP’s are setters or hitters and the liberos and smaller players get overlooked. Kylie has done a tremendous job of laying everything on the court.”

Kaneland also welcomed senior Katy Dudzinski to the first team. Dudzinski is bound for the Wichita State University volleyball program.

In the east, the Lady Barbs of DeKalb produced the most first-team nominees with three.

KHS was also happy to add senior Grace Fabrizius and junior Lauren Banbury to the honorable mention list.

In the West, LaSalle-Peru senior Sammi Herron earned the MVP tag.

Volleyball falls in regional to Glenbard S. in three games

Photo: Katy Dudzinski (left) and teammate Keri Groen show their blocking skills during the annual Spikefest on Saturday, in which KHS took third place. The Lady Knights’ season concluded on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In coach Todd Weimer’s regime, the fact that Kaneland was one point away from a regional match victory shows the significant progress KHS has made on the court.

However, it remained at one point on Tuesday, as third-seeded Glenbard South staged a four-point rally on its way to a 19-25, 25-17, 26-24 thriller at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill.

The Lady Raiders face regional host St. Francis on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Kaneland finished the season at 19-15, matching last year’s total, with a 6-4 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

After a 15-4 start to 2011, KHS dropped 11 of its last 15 contests against a stacked schedule.

Kaneland fell behind in game one 14-9 before closing to 17-14. KHS then scored 10 in a row and closed it on a Katy Dudzinski kill for game point.

The Lady Knights fell behind as GS rallied in game two, down 24-15 before the Raiders cinched it.

An even third game saw good front line play, but Glenbard South made good on its service time. Kaneland was down 19-14, but rallied to tie it at 21 and take a 24-22 lead, but could score no more.

“We just couldn’t get out of it, and we’re very disappointed,” Weimer said. “We had a bunch of curveballs thrown at us, some injuries and mismatches. I’m upset that we lost, we really wanted to play St. Francis. It’s hard.”

Kaneland also hosted the annual Spikefest on Saturday out at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove, finishing in fourth place out of eight squads with a 2-3 record.

Weimer’s Lady Knights took care of Aurora Christian 25-20, 25-10, and Hampshire 26-24, 25-7, before losing to tournament champ Metea Valley 25-19, 22-25, 15-9, and then Oswego East 25-20, 25-16. KHS fell to Geneva in the third-place game by a final of 26-24, 25-6.

Metea Valley beat Oswego East in the championship match 25-18, 25-23.

Kylie Siebert and Katy Dudzinski were named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Siebert had 80 digs during the tournament, giving her 1,100 digs throughout her KHS career with 12 assists and 10 aces. Katy Dudzinski had 32 kills, giving her 839 for her KHS tenure, and 14 digs, while Ashley Prost added 38 assists and 26 digs.

Against Yorkville on Thursday in the East gym, Kaneland suffered a 25-17, 17-25, 25-22 loss.

KHS says goodbye to seniors Siebert, Dudzinski, Kourtni Bingley, Malory Groen and Fabrizius.

Volleyball sweeps rival Sycamore

KANELAND—It had been rough going the past week and a half for KHS volleyball.

Six matches failed to go Kaneland’s way, albeit with a strong slate of opponents.

Who knew the remedy to the Lady Knights’ ills would be…Sycamore?

Kaneland executed a season sweep of the Lady Spartans in Maple Park on Thursday, thanks to a 23-25, 25-18, 25-22 result. It was the first NIB-12 matchup that went three games.

KHS coach Todd Weimer stressed after last week’s loss to DeKalb the need for the team to have each other’s backs on the court, regardless of mistakes. That, plus execution against a high-level opponent meant good things.

“(It was) just everyone playing very well,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “Katy (Dudzinski) had 21 kills, Kylie (Siebert) with 31 digs…it was just awesome.”

After last week’s win coupled with a 25-14, 25-16 Tuesday win over host Rochelle, the Lady Knights’ record rose to 17-10 with a 6-3 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action.

To help the winning effort, the Lady Knights also had Grace Fabrizius contribute 23 digs, Ashley Prost at 19 assists, and Jenny Lubic add 11 assists.

Maddie King had the match-clinching kill for KHS.

All levels of KHS volleyball were successful against the Lady Hubs on Tuesday.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is the final conference tilt against Yorkville on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Spikefest hosted at Harter Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Lady Knights in midst of six-match skid

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For awhile, the Lady Knights volleyball contingent was stacking wins.

Now, they look to topple the current stack of losses, with the playoffs entering the picture later this month.

On Thursday, Kaneland dropped a 25-21, 25-20 affair to host Morris, lost to visiting Geneva on Oct. 5 by a final of 25-18, 27-25, and dropped three matches at the Bettendorf Tournament on Saturday.

Finally, on Tuesday during a Pink Out that raised money for the fight against breast cancer, the Lady Knights lost in straight games to DeKalb 25-21, 25-21.

“It was definitely a really fun event,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “I can’t tell you how many people helped out.”

The Lady Knights are now 15-10 and 4-3 in NIB-12 play.

Against the Lady Redskins, libero Kylie Siebert had 10 digs, while Grace Fabrizius had five kills. Future Wichita St. weapon Katy Dudzinski added five kills of her own.

The night before, the Lady Knights saw contributions from personnel like Siebert, with 11 digs and nine serve-recieve receptions, Dudzinski with nine kills, Fabrizius with 12 digs, and Lauren Banbury with three kills.

The weekend gathering in the Quad Cities region saw Kaneland first drop a 21-16, 21-19 result to Ankeny H.S. of Iowa, and a 21-14, 15-21, 13-15 clash to Bettendorf before losing 21-13, 21-17 to Moline.

Siebert had 59 digs, while Ashley Prost added 48 assists throughout the tournament.

Early in the first game, the Lady Knights fell behind 12-5 before tying it up thanks to DeKalb errors and a couple of Dudzinski kills, at 19 apiece. DeKalb outscored KHS 6-2 the remainder of the way. KHS last led at 5-4 of the first game.

In game two, DeKalb again stormed out to a 12-4 lead, but tighter play and a kill by Lyndi Scholl, coupled with a Banbury block, brought it to 23-21 before the Lady Barbs took it.

“The players need to keep sticking together and that everyone has everyone’s back. I trust the players. Just because you had a bad night, you need to step up,” Weimer said.

Kaneland was preparing for the visiting Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Photo by Madeline Cole

Lady Knights v-ball continues to roll in conference play

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball continued to have the edge over familiar opponents, including Rochelle on Thursday.

Led by Katy Dudzinski, Kylie Siebert and Ashley Prost, the Lady Knights swept the visiting Lady Hubs by a final of 25-19, 25-21.

On Tuesday, Kaneland came away with a convincing 25-18, 25-19 victory in Yorkville.

The Lady Knights now sit at 14-4 with a 4-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

KHS now finds itself atop the conference standings with DeKalb, one match ahead of Morris.

Dudzinski had 11 kills, while Siebert had 11 digs and Prost gathered 13 assists.

Against Yorkville, Dudzinski had nine kills, while Prost added 10 assists.

Siebert produced nine digs, two aces and 10 serve-recieve receptions.

“Today we were a lot smarter with the ball and placed it really well,” Siebert said. “That helped us a lot.”

Coach Todd Weimer is encouraged with the recent stretch.

“Both my setters dissected that defense, and it was really fun to see after working on different things this week in practice,” Weimer said.

In sophomore action against Rochelle, KHS won 25-18, 25-20, while the freshman “A” team came away with a 25-8, 25-17 win, and the “B” side edged its opponent by a 27-25, 26-24 win.

Coming up for the Lady Knights is a home matchup with crossover opponent Dixon in the East gym on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Volleyball rises to 5-2 after prolific week

Photo: Lyndi Scholl (left) and Kylie Siebert make sure the serve is handled during the third game of Kaneland’s match against Burlington Central on Tuesday. Kaneland won two of three games. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—For Todd Weimer’s Kaneland Lady Knights volleyball crew, there weren’t better opportunities to view the roster’s progress than at the usual Wheaton North Tournament stop and a trip to Burlington Central.

When the dust settled, KHS viewed a 5-2 record after winning three of five matches in Falcon-land, and the first win for coach Weimer over BC on Tuesday by a final of 25-18, 25-27, 25-18.

The action of Aug. 24 began with a 25-14, 13-25, 25-23 loss to the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, but the Lady Knights rallied with a 25-13, 25-21 sweep of the host school.

At the end of day one, Katy Dudzinski had 36 attacks, followed closely by Grace Fabrizius with 30 attacks. Dudzinski had 22 kills, while Fabrizius had nine.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights first took care of Oak Forest, 25-14, 24-26, 25-23, then swept St. Viator by a final of 25-11, 25-23.

Glenbard West defeated Kaneland in the finale by a 25-21, 21-25, 25-14 final.

Dudzinski finished Saturday with eight blocks and 43 kills, while Ashley Prost contributed 51 assists. Teammate Kylie Siebert had three aces on the afternoon.

The win over the host Lady Rockets on Tuesday featured nine kills from Fabrizius, and 19 assists from Prost.

The Lady Knights now deal with the visiting Lady Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Volleyball plans to build on 2010 with returning core

Photo: Katy Dudzinski brings experience, size and force to the Lady Knights volleyball squad looking to elevate a 19-win total from 2010. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Could this be a lucky seventh for KHS volleyball coach Todd Weimer?

After a 2010 season that featured a record of 19-14, wins over Geneva (first time since 1991) and Sycamore (road win for the first time since 1999) for the first time in a long time, Weimer’s raring to get his girls on the court once again.

“There were a ton of firsts for us last year,” Weimer said. “I’m feeling great. We’re pumped up every morning. I love investing even more into the program, and we’re very excited.”

The Lady Knights flourished last year, but will have to deal with the sting of a regional opener loss to Hampshire, and the graduation of four seniors led by NIU freshman Jessica Lubic.

“Team chemistry is extremely strong and the personalities are great and attitude has been awesome,” Weimer said. “Last year was great and we think this will be a fun season.”

Seniors returning to the Lady Knights include libero Kylie Siebert.

“This is Kylie’s third year on varsity, and it goes through her on our side. She’s the first contact or the first pass, and she’s the best at it,” Weimer said.

Six-foot-two Katy Dudzinski, committed to Wichita State University, also lends skills up front as RS.

“Kylie, Katy and Malory Groen have kind of set the tone for the expectations,” Weimer said.

Additional seniors include OH Kourtni Bingley, MH Groen and OH Grace Fabrizius.

Juniors are marked by OH Lyndi Scholl, MH Keri Groen, S Ashley Prost, DS Rachael Clinton and MH Lauren Banbury.

Sophomores ready to make an impact on varsity are OH Maddie King and S Jenny Lubic.

The season’s first serve is set in Geneseo in a NIB-12 crossover on Monday, Aug. 22, while the first East Division match takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, against Morris.

“The setting is great, the defense is great, the passing is consistent. With this whole team, there are very few weaknesses,” Weimer said.

Kaneland volleyball ousted in regionals

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a productive season for Kaneland volleyball that saw KHS coach Todd Weimer’s crew overcome obstacles and stack a nice number of wins.

But the 19-14 Lady Knights’s ended just the same.

Kaneland was conceivably 12 points away from eliminating second seed Hampshire during Thursday’s Kaneland Regional. but the Whip-purs rallied and surged ahead, stopping Kaneland 22-25, 25-20, 25-18 to go to Saturday’s final against top seed Sycamore. The Lady Spartans eliminated Burlington Central 25-17, 25-22.

“It’s tough. The team’s had a productive season. For us, it’s been small steps. Finally winning a conference match, doing well in a tournament, getting close to .500, over.500, hosting a regional. This is one step at a time,” Weimer said.

Going neck-and-neck in the first game, Kaneland found itself down 16-15 before solidifying play and taking the lead for good at 19-18. Needing two points to cinch the game win, Malory Groen and Jessica Lubic (two kills, 24 assists) combined on a block, and Hampshire’s dig attempt went out of bounds to secure the three-point margin.

The second game was bumpier for Kaneland, as they fell behind 10-7 and later 17-12 before Kaneland tied it at 18. However, Hampshire closed out the second game with a 7-2 run.

Kaneland led by as much as 11-9 in game three, but Hampshire warded off any Kaneland comeback chance. With Kaneland down 18-17, the Whip-purs went on a 7-1 run to close the match.

The Lady Knights say goodbye to seniors Lubic, Melanie Thompson, Taylor Bradbury and Mackenzie Curran.

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.

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.
File Photo

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

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

Volleyball looks for spike in good fortune

Photo: Lady Knights participate in blocking drills last week in Kaneland’s East Gym. Photo by Mike Slodki


by Mike Slodki

KANELAND—Sixth-year Lady Knights volleyball coach Todd Weimer is counting on his girls tasting victory plenty in 2010, despite the sour end to the 2009 campaign.

On Oct. 29, 2009, the Lady Knights were upset by DeKalb in two games to end the season in Burlington.

KHS looks to springboard from last year’s 16-18 (6-8 Western Sun Conference) and a 13-21 (5-9 WSC) record in 2008. They’ve already improved by leaps and bounds from Weimer’s first three years in the program, which produced just seven wins combined.

It begins with four-year starter and setter Jessica Lubic, who has committed to Northern Illinois University. Lubic produces assists and the occasional ace, among other intangibles.

“(Junior) Kylie Siebert, (senior) Taylor Bradbury, (junior) Katy Dudzinski and Lubic are returning. They definitely remember the end last year,” Weimer said about the season-ender which featured Lubic going down in the first game with an ankle injury. “The motivation and desire are extremely high.”

Bradbury handles setting, while Dudzinski performs at outside hitter and Siebert at libero. “They aren’t only looking at the first match or first tournament of the season, they’re looking at the last match and going into regionals,” Weimer said.

Weimer mentioned Siebert as one who could impress the KHS faithful.

“Siebert is digging like you wouldn’t believe and it’s like ‘whoa, where did that come from?”

So far, the initial stretches of practice are what Weimer wants to see.

“So far, we’re excited. From the freshmen to sophomores to the varsity team, they are just very talented. Last time I saw them was November and just to see them come around is awesome,” Weimer said.

Kaneland will need the returnees to lend their considerable talent in order to get wins, and to influence the new varsity additions. “They all bring young and new energy, they bring court awareness and volleyball I.Q,” Weimer said.

The Lady Knights will also welcome back MacKenzie Curran to the sidelines, who flourished as a junior middle hitter but is recovering from brain surgery this spring.

“With what happened to MacKenzie, I think our motivation and desire quadrupled. We want to do really special things for our program and for her. We know she’d be playing on the court busting her butt,” Weimer said.

With a new year, comes a new 12-team conference in the Northern Illinois Big XII and an East division that includes DeKalb, Morris, Rochelle, Sycamore and Yorkville.

“I definitely like it. I think the competition and with what we’re facing I think we’ll be right at the top of our division. DeKalb’s looking pretty good and Sycamore’s looking good,” Weimer said.

The Lady Knights serve first at the Wheaton North tournament next week.

The first NIB-12 matchup comes on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Geneseo, while the regular season ends with Spikefest on Saturday, Oct. 23

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.

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 stops Raiders, loses to Sycamore

by Mike Slodki
On Thursday, things were looking dire for Lady Knights volleyball (4-5, 2-1 Western Sun Conference) against host Glenbard South.

Having already dropped one game by a 25-15 score, the Lady Knights struck back and won two in a row to take the match, 25-18, 25-13.

The Lady Knights took home a victory thanks in large part to the performance of Katy Dudzinski. Dudzinski put forth 10 kills and two blocks in the affair.

“We came out against Rochelle with a lot of force and energy,” Dudzinski said. “We weren’t having fun in the first game, so in the second and third game we came back and really exploded. It was all about getting back to how we can play.”

“It’s a little bit sweeter when you’re down after one game and come back to win the last two,” coach Todd Weimer said. “The girls are super excited, and we can’t wait for next week.”

Jessica Lubic also had 22 assists and five kills.

Against Sycamore, Kaneland lost 25-23, 25-19. Lubic added 15 assists and two aces.

In the Kaneland JV Invite, the Lady Knights finished fifth, earning a 25-8, 25-9 win over Elmwood Park. Geneva finished first.

The varsity Knights look to beat Batavia at home on Thursday, Sept. 17, and host Geneva on Tuesday, Sept. 22.