Girls Volleyball: Three things learned
September 23, 2013 9:40PM
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:18AM
1. The SouthWest Suburban Blue Division race is going to be as fun as ever. Even with Lincoln-Way East moving to the Red Division in the conference with Stagg taking its place, Lincoln-Way Central, Lockport and Sandburg will tangle for the title. Central will start the conference season with a gauntlet this week, hosting Lockport on Tuesday before traveling to Sandburg on Thursday. Sandburg has won the Blue title four straight times, sharing the division with Central in 2011.
2. Minooka is rolling in the Southwest Prairie. Since falling Sept. 10 to conference front-runner Plainfield North in three sets, the Indians have reeled off wins against Plainfield East, Oswego and Oswego East to improve to 3-1 in conference matches. Minooka gets a rematch Oct. 3 at Plainfield North. Buffalo-bound outside hitter Skyler Day (85 kills) leads an ultra-balanced Indians attack. Six players have at least 20 kills, with Kelly Clucas (112 assists) and Megan Bauer (103 assists) dishing the ball.
3. A good mix of players is leading to good play for Wilmington. Coach Ashley Gilbert returned seven players — three seniors, three sophomores and a junior — from last season’s team that went a disappointing 14-21 season, and the early results have been positive. The Wildcats are 8-8 overall, with a perfect 4-0 mark in Interstate Eight play. Junior outside Sunny Winker and sophomore outside Miranda Southall have keyed the Wilmington offense.