Girls Volleyball: Joliet West hands setter reins to sophomore Shannon Doran
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 9, 2013 10:00PM
Plainfield North's Allie Lindroth | File photo
Updated: October 11, 2013 6:20AM
With several solid hitters returning from last season, the offense was not in question for Joliet West coming into the season.
Instead, the question was: Who’ll be setting for those hitters with third-year starter Katie Brick graduating?
A few weeks into the season, coach Al Mart has switched things up, calling up setter Shannon Doran from the sophomore team.
“We tried to go with a quicker offense early in the season, and we struggled with it,” Mart said. “Shannon does a good job putting the ball to the outside, and she is a decent block.”
After a two-set win over visiting Plainfield South, West sits at 3-5 overall.
Kailey Foster and Elexis Coleman give the Tigers options on the outside with All-Conference player Jalyn Vertin manning the middle. Skill level aside, Mart wants to see his team bond on the court when things get tough.
“Learning to win close games will be huge,” Mart said. “I think the girls learning to trust themselves (will be key), and a willingness to depend on their teammates and trust that they will get their job done.”
Hop, skip and jump
Not quite a jump-serve and not a standstill serve. No, Plainfield North’s Allie Lindroth’s serve is somewhere in between.
“It’s a skip-serve,” Lindroth said with a smile. “I’ve been working on it for about a year now. It helps a lot and gives me a lot of momentum. When I’m in the back row, I’m ready to go.”
The 6-foot-2 sophomore outside drilled two service aces as part of a 6-0 run in the second set of North’s two-set win over visiting Lincoln-Way East. Lindroth finished with four kills in the win.
Joliet Central looks to improve
Finishing in fourth place at its own invitational over the weekend, Joliet Central is 3-9. Coach Suzzie Bambule wants her team to focus on the effort for now, not the record.
“If you lose, make sure we do the things that we know how to do,” Bambule said. “We have a lot of versatile girls, and we’re playing around with the lineup to see exactly who needs to be where, but they’re stepping into their roles.”
Hana Cromer (33 assists), Kelsey Frain (22 kills) and Emily Eichholzer (25 digs, 18 kills) paced Central over five matches at its tournament.
Player of the Week
MacKenzie Welsh, of Plainfield East, is this week’s Herald-News Girls Volleyball Player of the Week.
The 6-foot sophomore outside hitter/setter finished with 12 kills and eight digs in East’s two-set win at Joliet West. In helping the Bengals to a fifth-place finish at the West Aurora Tournament, Welsh had 48 kills, four blocks and 14 digs over five matches.