Girls Volleyball: Three things learned
September 30, 2013 10:34PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:16AM
1. The Joliet area is as balanced as ever. Four teams in the Top 10 — Lincoln-Way Central, Lemont, Providence, Lockport — competed over the weekend at the Rich East Invitational (won by Mother McAuley), beating up on in one another through pool play and into the semifinals and championships. Central finished fourth. Lemont beat Lockport in the fifth-place match. Lockport defeated Providence in its first match Saturday. Providence defeated Lincoln-Way Central two weeks ago.
2. Joliet Catholic is about to be tested. With a 10-3 record coming into Tuesday’s match against St. Viator, the Angels begin a stretch of 22 matches in 24 days. Joliet Catholic will play in a tournament in three straight weeks: the a ASICS Challenge at Mother McAuley, the Mizuno Cup at St. Charles East and the Autumnfest Classic at Glenbard East. Mary Murphy (129 assists, 54 digs, 37 kills, 49 service points) has been a do-it-all star for the Angels.
3. Kassie Aldridge is one tough cookie. Going for a dig in match last week at Westmont, Coal City’s senior setter awkwardly landed on her left hand. As a precaution she played Thursday’s match against visiting Reed-Custer with her left hand taped up around the thumb and wrist. Aldridge, who said the minor injury doesn’t hurt too much, finished with 15 assists vs. Reed-Custer and is among the area leaders with 311 assists through 17 matches.