Geneva sets a school record for wins; Bartlett rolling
A senior-dominated Geneva team are in the midst of their best men’s volleyball season in seven years, starting the week with a 17-4, 8-2 record at the DuKane conference behind only Lake Park.
The Vikings, who have already broken their record of victories, won among others Saint-Charles-Nord, Saint-Charles-Est, Oswego, Metea Valley, Waubsonie Valley and Wheaton North.
“With a heavy senior squad, we are led by six players who show strong leadership, skill and commitment,” said Geneva coach Stephanie Hennig. “We hope to do some damage to the state tournament.”
The senior away from Corey Mayotte will play next year at Loras College. He has 208 kills, 31 aces and 108 digs.
Michael Cassidy, another away senior, has 178 kills, 8 aces and 69 digs. Senior passer Chris Nosewicz had 493 assists; senior Jack Koster plays on the right side with 96 kills, 21 blocks and 82 digs; and senior libero AJ Hansen has 178 digs.
Update from St. Charles North:
The North Stars are coming off a good weekend with victories over Naperville Central and Benet to move to 7-9. They also beat St. Charles East last week.
“We’ve had some ups and downs this year and tried to find our rhythm with a lot of different formations,” said coach Todd Weimer. “But lately we’ve been starting to find our rhythm.”
As of the playoff standings, the North Stars were 4-8 and deserved an 11th seed. But they showed their potential as one of two schools to push Lake Park to 3 sets, and they’ve done it twice. They could face the Lancers for a third time in the reginal final.
“It has been a trying experience for everyone with the current safety guidelines and procedures in place and trying to keep everyone happy, safe and healthy,” Weimer said. “We recently adopted a mantra, ‘Find A Way,’ from a recent team building activity and conditioning group called Battle Tested. We had a few takeaways and saw a few things we did. have to work. “
West Aurora Update:
The Blackhawks (4-8, 2-5 Southwest Prairie Conference) are in what coach Tolis Koskinaris calls a rebuilding year after graduating from 11 seniors.
Koskinaris was encouraged by his team’s performances in several matches, most notably against Naperville North, Naperville Central and Oswego East.
“We have a strong second and second year class coming up,” Koskinaris said.
Jake Koehler, is one of those players, a junior outside hitter with 101 kills; Junior passer Gracin Bacarella had 194 assists, 9 aces and 41 digs.
Koskinaris said his team have a loyal student fan base – at home or on the road.
“One way or another, we have the greatest fan support everywhere we play,” Koskinaris said. “No problem with the kids or straining here on my end; they break their butt and do whatever is asked of them. The pandemic has hit some programs harder than others. It has helped us very well. in West Aurora. “
The Hawks (15-1, 5-0) are ranked 18th in the state and have won third place out of 24 schools in the Lake Park section. Coach Robert Schwantz pointed to victories over Geneva, Benet and Saint-Charles-Nord as highlights.
Senior Elijah Gregg leads the team in kills (140), aces (23) and is tied for best serve received (2.33). He is also second in digs (84) and has a destruction efficiency of .294. Gregg will play Judson next season.
Senior Libero Pratham Patel is tied with Gregg for best serve-to-receive, leads in digs (150) and has an ace / miss ratio of 10: 1.
Junior passer Adarsh Patel runs the offense 5-1 with 375 assists, 47 searches, 23 assists and a .487 kill efficiency.
South Elgin Update:
The Storm (6-3, 4-0) are eager to host a regional. Their roster includes a mix of classes led by junior passer Andrew Galanes (98 assists, 23 assists, 43 digs, 10 blocks, 7 aces).
Two other juniors – Kyle Aluquin (51 kills, 5 aces, 51 digs) and Tyler Ripoli (34 kills, 4 blocks), play away and face respectively.
Sophomore apart from Sean Harvey (43 kills, 3 aces, 29 digs) and senior midfielder Kaden Bertram (13 kills, 3 aces, 14 blocks) were also key to the team’s success.
“We hope to end the year on a high note and continue playing in the region,” said coach Jesse Bossenga.
Coach Shelly Mueller likes the way the Sabers (3-11, 0-5) have fought.
“Our team is working hard, competing and learning the game this year,” Mueller said. “We have lost some very close games and we continue to work and improve every day. I have a great group of seniors who are leading this team and teaching our young players the game.”
Three of these seniors are outside Abdur M’Nasri, midfielder Angel Robelo and setter Bijin Zachariah.
M’Nasri leads the team with 107 kills, 10 blocks, 73 digs and 10 aces. The team’s captain, M’Nasri went from the middle to the outside.
“He took over the game and learned to pass throughout the season,” said Mueller. “He is a fantastic leader, who constantly works with his teammates to raise our level and teach our young players how to volleyball.”
With 45 eliminations and 15 blocks, Robelo, “has a huge impact on our soil,” Mueller said while
Zachariah had 195 assists.
The Red Raiders started the week 5-10.
Coach Gerry Marchand said a 3-0 ATV record at Grayslake Central in early May was a highlight.
Huntley is still a relatively new program having played its first games in 2016 and its first regional IHSA game in 2017.
Winning their first regional game is a goal for this year’s team. The Red Raiders face Rockford Jefferson on June 8.
“I knew we were going to win more games this year than ever before, but I challenged the boys not to settle for wins, but for a regional victory,” said coach Marchand. “With the way we played last week against Mundelein, we will be hard to stop at our regional if we can perform at this level for the rest of the season. We are making history this year and I am delighted to see how much of history Make us. “
Thomas Swanson has moved up from center tackle away and plans to play college volleyball in Mount Union, Ohio.
Poseur Jacob Fiandalo is “a crazy athlete,” Marchand said.
“Everyone else coaches and people I talk to on our team are in awe of him,” said Marchand. “He’s so natural and has only been playing for 3 years. He’s like 5-11 and touches over 11 feet.”