Girls Volleyball Notebook: Lincoln-Way Central looking for consistency
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 14, 2013 8:48PM
Plainfield North's Kate Federico | File photo
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:24AM
Up and down. Back and forth.
A season will have its share of peaks and valleys, but Lincoln-Way Central coach Kathy Sulkowski sure wouldn’t mind some boring, old-fashioned wins.
“We remind the girls we’re not at Great America, we’re not on a roller coaster,” Sulkowski said with a laugh at Monday’s practice. “We have the highs and lows, and we’re trying to find that in between. When we play at our level, we can be a very strong team.”
Finishing in 11th place at last weekend’s Mizuno Cup, Lincoln-Way Central has a 19-7 record with a 1-1 mark in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
In Maria Brown (172 kills) and Jacqueline Langer (155 kills), the Knights have one of the best 1-2 punches in the state.
Mariel Liebovitz (589 assists) sets up the offense.
The Knights have had their share of thrillers — some good, some bad. Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, Sulkowski is putting pressure on her team to step up.
“We’re going to put more on them (the team), the seniors and captains to step up,” Sulkowski said. “We’re looking to bring that same energy level and keep it up. Once they figure it out and work it out, we can be a great team.”
Lincoln-Way Central will host Lincoln-Way North on Tuesday, with a win producing a three-way tie among Central, North and Bradley with just three conference matches remaining. Central possibly could see rival North again this weekend at Central’s tournament and in a few weeks at the Marian Catholic Regional.
“Maybe seeing them three times in two weeks, we try to look at it as match by match and day by day,” Sulkowski said. “We need to play at 100 percent. For now, (Tuesday) is important. Tuesday is Senior Night, too, and that should bring some more meaning, more push and energy.”
Player of the Week
Kate Federico of Plainfield North is the Herald-News Volleyball Player of the Week.
Federico, a senior setter, was named the tournament MVP in helping the Tigers to the championship at last weekend’s Mizuno Cup tournament. She finished with 27 assists, four kills, three aces and two blocks in a three-set win over Muskego (Wis.) in the title match.