The 2016 high school volleyball season has come to a close for two of Woodstock’s varsity teams, and the third continues its goal to repeat as state champions.
The Blue Streaks fell to Chicago’s Northside College Prep at the Northside regional Oct. 25. They managed to win one set but fell short overall (25-23, 21-25, 25-23). The Streaks finished their season 17-17, finishing second in the Kishwaukee River Conference.
The Thunder defeated Chicago’s Noble/Pritzker (25-11, 25-12) Oct. 24, but ended their season with a loss in the next round of the regional, falling to Richmond-Burton (25-11, 25-9). The Thunder finished their season 12-23 and saw several players set team records. In their loss to Richmond Burton, Allison Spitson had 3 kills, Sami Long had 8 digs, Maddie Bush had 5 digs, and Madisyn Selof had 6 assists.
“They played tough all season and never gave up, playing with a lot of heart” Coach Greg Bruns said in an email.
The Lady ‘Canes continued along the dominating path they’ve been on all season. After capturing their first ever East Suburban Conference title a week earlier, they brought home the 3A regional championship after defeating Alcott Oct. 25 (25-6, 25-11) and Vernon Hills Oct. 27 (25-13, 25-9).
For the regional final match against host Vernon Hills, Sydney Nemtuda contributed 9 kills, 3 aces, and 2 blocks. Brenna Koch had 4 kills and 5 digs. McKayla Wuensch had 15 assists and 5 digs.
The regional title was the 12th consecutive for Marian. The ‘Canes season record is 36-1. They advance to sectionals at Woodstock High School beginning Nov. 1, where they will face Resurrection.
Coach Laura Watling credits the team for sticking to the core of what has advanced them through the season with a nearly spotless record.
“We did a really great job of staying focused and executing the basics that have been the backbone of our season – solid serving, fast transitions and aggressive game play,” Watling said.
“Every match is its own season now, meaning nothing else matters other than Tuesday,” she continued.