Colleges: South Suburban College’s women’s volleyball team ready for Harper Invitational
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media September 19, 2013 8:34PM
Lewis cross country runner Amanda Farrough. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:23AM
Despite going 5-0 last week, the South Suburban College women’s volleyball team failed to earn a spot in the NJCAA Division II national rankings.
The Bulldogs (14-4), who were among the teams earning votes last week, will get the chance to prove they belong at the Harper College Invitational this weekend in Palatine.
“We’re a little disappointed because we were in the Top 25 last week, went 5-0 and fell out of the Top 25,” South Suburban coach Larry Babcock said. “I’m a little dumbfounded about that.”
Among the field is the host Hawks (11-10), who are ranked No. 6 in Division III, and Division II nationally ranked No. 9 Lincoln Land (14-1). Waubonsee (14-3) also received some votes in the Division II poll. Perennial women’s volleyball powers College of DuPage and John Logan also are in the tournament.
“We beat Waubonsee twice already, but they are a strong team,” Babcock said. “We’ll have our hands full this weekend. I think our girls are pretty fired up now that (the rankings) came out.”
South Suburban’s top players include sophomore outside hitter Symone Sharrod, a graduate of Rich East, sophomore libero and Illiana Christian product Julia Novotny, and sophomore middle hitter Robin Osmolski, of Peotone. Novotny (digs) and Osmolski (blocks) statistically were among the tops in the nation a year ago.
“We’ve only got four girls who returned from last year’s team,” Babcock said. “Our returnees have been key, but our freshmen class has carried the majority of the weight for us. We’ve been blessed to have that.”
Trinity Christian’s Kaitlin Feddema was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after helping the Trolls to a 3-1 record at the Georgetown College Rumpke Invitational.
The senior outside hitter led the team with 3.86 kills per set and was second in digs with a 3.14 average. Feddema had a total of 54 kills, including 17 kills in a three-set loss to NAIA preseason No. 7 Georgetown. In that match she also had 14 digs.
For the tournament, Feddema had five blocks and handled 87 serve receptions with a .964 percentage. She and teammate Erynn Schuh were named to the Rumpke Invitational All-Tournament Team. The Trolls are 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the CCAC.
Lewis redshirt sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Davito, a Lockport graduate, was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Baden Women’s Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week.
At the UW-Parkside Invitational, Davito helped the Flyers to a 3-1 record as she tallied 52 kills and 11 digs over 14 sets.
The Lewis women’s cross country team is riding the wave of its second-place finish at the 5K Illinois Intercollegiate race. The Flyers have entered the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Regional rankings at No. 8.
The Flyers, led by Great Lakes Valley Conference Runner of the Week, freshman Amanda Farrough, tied for the Illinois Intercollegiate team title with the University of Chicago. The Maroons, however, were declared the champion via tiebreaker, which went to the team with the fastest No. 6 runner.
Lewis goalkeeper Alec Pickett, a Providence product, was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Pickett helped Lewis go 1-0-1 in two contests last week, as he allowed one goal in 200 minutes of action, holding opponents to 0.45 goals per game. He’s played a key role in helping the Flyers (2-0-2, 1-0-1 GLVC) to their best start since 2008.