Girls Volleyball: Morris aims to carve its niche
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 16, 2013 9:16PM
Allie Marthaler, of Providence | File photo
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:17AM
“Leave Your Mark.”
Morris coach Jackie Litwiller has challenged her team.
A strong senior class from a season ago, one that helped lift the program from some serious struggles, is gone. What can this team do?
“Every game we have to get better,” Litwiller said. “These players have laid things out for you, and it’s your job to keep it going. That’s where we are, and it’s mental. We have six seniors out there so, ‘Step it up, seniors! This is your time to shine. You wanted it so here it is.’ ”
Morris owns a 7-4 record after a second-place finish over the weekend at the Pontiac Invitational. The Redskins jump into Northern Illinois Big 12 play Tuesday at Kaneland.
Kaylin Korte (73 kills, 78 digs), JoAnna Nowicki (36 kills, 18 service aces), Abby Baker (34 kills, 9 blocks), Morgan Hussey (88 digs) and Austin Thompson (100 assists) have led Morris this season.
Litwiller hopes the light clicks on for her team as the meat of the season approaches.
“Day in and day out we need to have good, solid practices,” Litwiller said. “I don’t think we’re doing that yet. We have 10 minutes of a good practice and then goof around for 20. We’ve got to focus and have good, solid practices and good, solid matches.”
makes her choice
An all-SouthWest Suburban Conference player and All-Area Herald-News honoree, Lockport’s Kayla Pfeiffer committed to Jacksonville State in Alabama to continue her volleyball career.
“It’s Division I, and that’s where I wanted to play,” Pfeiffer said. “I loved the school, loved the coaches, loved the players. Even though it is far away, I wanted a good atmosphere.”
Through eight matches this season, Pfeiffer has 50 kills, 36 assists, 40 digs, nine service aces and 10 assisted blocks for a 4-4 Lockport team.
Player of the Week
Providence’s Allie Marthaler is this week’s Herald-News Girls Volleyball Player of the Week.
Helping the Celtics in a comeback win at Stagg, the 5-foot-7 senior defensive specialist and libero finished with 16 digs and five aces, including a key service run in the decisive third set. In Providence’s three-set winner at Lincoln-Way Central, Marthaler had 22 digs against a heavy-hitting Central team.