Closing it out

By on September 20, 2013

Volleyball wades through conference challenges
KANELAND—Hovering around .500, the Lady Knights volleyball contingent keeps trying create a little breathing room between itself and that line.

They’ll have to spend a little more time trying to create after the past week.

Monday had a trip to DeKalb and a 28-26, 16-25, 22-25 three-game loss, and Tuesday had a home matchup against Morris that ended in a 25-13, 25-18 conference win.

Kaneland sits at 8-7 now (1-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

Saturday saw a trip to the home of the new Upstate Eight Conference entry West Chicago for a tournament where the Lady Knights split four matches.

West Chicago beat Dundee-Crown in the championship final by a 25-23, 25-16 score, the two teams to beat Kaneland in the grouping.

Against DeKalb, Ellie Dunn had nine kills and 14 service points. Bridget Ransford had five kills and four service points, and fellow Lady Knight Jenny Lubic had eight assists and two digs.

Facing another conference foe in Morris, Lubic had seven service points, two kills and nine assists, while Hannah Nauert had five service points and eight assists. Dunn had 10 kills, 10 digs, three aces, three blocks and four service points.

Kaneland is still finding a court roadblock with winning a first game, but dropping a second and third.

“We figured that out though last night, and I saw my team play the way I’ve always seen them against a very tall and veteran Morris team,” first-year coach Kerri McCastland said. “We will work this week and continue learning, and give it a go next Tuesday.

The lone contest for Kaneland during the next week features a trip to Sycamore on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Photo by Kimberly Anderson