Girls Volleyball: Homewood-Flossmoor tournament-tough
By Tony Baranek email@example.com September 16, 2013 9:36PM
Skylar Hildebrand, of Homewood-Flossmoor. | File photo
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:17AM
Homewood-Flossmoor has been tourney-tough during the early portion of the 2013 season.
Saturday, the Vikings captured their second invitational, beating Woodstock 25-16, 25-18 in the title match at Aurora Christian.
To go along with a championship at Metea Valley and the Silver Division crown at Champaign Centennial, H-F is 14-1 in tournament play.
“We’ve had three really good showings in our tournaments,” coach Anthony Kruse said. “Right now we are very balanced in our attack. Everyone is playing their role.”
Lexi Jung leads a hitting corps that’s put up solid numbers with 97 kills. Candace Tate has contributed 88, Mia Narcisi 60 and Avery Sykes 55 as Annalise Robinson (295) has spread the ball well.
Skylar Hildebrand (145 digs) has been a leader for the Vikings in the back row.
The successful weekend at Aurora Christian put back-to-back losses to Bradley and T.F. South in the rear-view mirror.
“When we play with emotion we are a really tough team, but finding that intensity every day has been a bit of a struggle for us,” Kruse said. “We have been trying a bunch of different lineups and combinations ... we’re challenging our players to step up and earn themselves a spot in the starting lineup.”
She’s a D-plus
Lockport defensive specialist Lindsey Visvardis has done a good job stopping the other teams from putting the ball down this season with a team-leading 81 digs.
But she does more than dive for the ball in the back row.
Visvardis has landed 10 aces, and has made just four errors in 74 serving attempts. She also has come through in a pinch in getting the ball to the Porters hitters, recording 18 assists.
“Lindsey is the type of defensive player every coach hopes and prays for each season,” Lockport coach Erika Lange said. “She reads hitters extremely well and has a great understanding of the game, which helps her make smart decisions. She also has a dangerous jump-serve; she’ll frustrate a lot of teams this season.”
Player of the Week
Carissa Lorenz, of Lincoln-Way West, is this week’s SouthtownStar Girls Volleyball Player of the Week.
Lorenz, a 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter, had 52 kills, 22 blocks, 17 digs and nine aces for the week. Saturday, she led the Warriors to a 31-29, 25-23 victory over Mount Assisi in the championship match at the Rich South Invitational with 11 kills and three blocks.