Girls Volleyball: Three things learned
September 9, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: October 11, 2013 6:18AM
1. Apples don’t fall far from the trees. Reavis coach Michelle McDonough (her father is Oak Forest football coach Brian McDonough) has the program turning the corner in her third season. With a 25-18, 25-17 victory Friday over Oak Forest, the Rams are 6-3 overall, 2-0 in the South Suburban Blue. Five of six starters are back from the 17-16 squad in 2012, including leading hitter Paulina Gal.
2. Carolyn Yerkes is a leader. The only returning full-time starter from last year’s Marist team is doing her part to keep the RedHawks program strong. Her 13 digs were key in Friday’s stunning 11-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory over defending Class 4A champion Benet. Molly Mayo, the only other RedHawk who saw significant court time in 2012, contributed 27 assists and sophomore Anne Marie Stifter 11 kills in the first big win of coach Julie Popp Hopkins’ career.
3. Graduation doesn’t always bite. At least it didn’t bite as hard at Shepard as it seemed it would with the graduation of the power-hitting duo of Natalie Carberry and Stephanie Korbakes. The Astros are just 4-5, but have turned in some sterling efforts. They were a match point away from beating Lincoln-Way Central before losing 25-19, 26-24, 27-25. Coach Dan Grunauer is projecting sophomore outside Kendall Yerkes to be one of Shepard’s best-ever.