Lady Knights in midst of six-match skid
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For awhile, the Lady Knights volleyball contingent was stacking wins.
Now, they look to topple the current stack of losses, with the playoffs entering the picture later this month.
On Thursday, Kaneland dropped a 25-21, 25-20 affair to host Morris, lost to visiting Geneva on Oct. 5 by a final of 25-18, 27-25, and dropped three matches at the Bettendorf Tournament on Saturday.
Finally, on Tuesday during a Pink Out that raised money for the fight against breast cancer, the Lady Knights lost in straight games to DeKalb 25-21, 25-21.
“It was definitely a really fun event,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “I can’t tell you how many people helped out.”
The Lady Knights are now 15-10 and 4-3 in NIB-12 play.
Against the Lady Redskins, libero Kylie Siebert had 10 digs, while Grace Fabrizius had five kills. Future Wichita St. weapon Katy Dudzinski added five kills of her own.
The night before, the Lady Knights saw contributions from personnel like Siebert, with 11 digs and nine serve-recieve receptions, Dudzinski with nine kills, Fabrizius with 12 digs, and Lauren Banbury with three kills.
The weekend gathering in the Quad Cities region saw Kaneland first drop a 21-16, 21-19 result to Ankeny H.S. of Iowa, and a 21-14, 15-21, 13-15 clash to Bettendorf before losing 21-13, 21-17 to Moline.
Siebert had 59 digs, while Ashley Prost added 48 assists throughout the tournament.
Early in the first game, the Lady Knights fell behind 12-5 before tying it up thanks to DeKalb errors and a couple of Dudzinski kills, at 19 apiece. DeKalb outscored KHS 6-2 the remainder of the way. KHS last led at 5-4 of the first game.
In game two, DeKalb again stormed out to a 12-4 lead, but tighter play and a kill by Lyndi Scholl, coupled with a Banbury block, brought it to 23-21 before the Lady Barbs took it.
“The players need to keep sticking together and that everyone has everyone’s back. I trust the players. Just because you had a bad night, you need to step up,” Weimer said.
Kaneland was preparing for the visiting Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Photo by Madeline Cole