Volleyball eliminated by DeKalb in regional

By on November 5, 2009

Dekalb ended the Lady Knights’ 2009 volleyball campaign with a 25-20, 25-15 sweep at the Burlington Central Regional’s first-round match on Thursday evening.

The fourth-seeded Lady Knights finish coach Todd Weimer’s fifth campaign with a record of 16-18 (6-8 Western Sun Conference), a far cry from the first three years of the program, which had a combined seven wins.

Jessica Lubic, who had 14 assists and one ace, left midway through the second game with what was thought to be a sprain.

“She’s in good spirits, it’s just a really bad sprain,” Weimer said. “She’s one of our captains and a third-year starter, kind of our quarterback out there.”

In the first game, relatively tight action ensued with a 5-5 tie early on before DeKalb took a 10-6 lead. With strong front line play and DeKalb getting a case of the errors, KHS stormed ahead for a 16-13 lead.

After a couple of hitting errors tied the score at 17-17, DeKalb went in for the kill and went on an 8-3 run to finish.

Alyssa Snyder had four kills and three blocks. Abby VanDerHeyden had three kills and three digs. Katy Dudzinski added four kills.

“We just controlled that whole match, positively and negatively. We were neck-and-neck, and there were a lot of errors on our part. We just have to take care of the ball,” Weimer said.

With the loss, Kaneland volleyball says goodbye to five seniors: Ashley Dunn, a transfer from West Chicago High School, Abby VanDerHeyden, Tara Groen, Jordan Hester and Alyssa Snyder.