Girls Volleyball Notebook: Nine straight wins for Sandburg
By Tony Baranek email@example.com October 21, 2013 8:34PM
Sami Knight, of Sandburg. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:34AM
Sandburg is on quite a roll going into Tuesday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue showdown at Lincoln-Way East.
The Eagles have won nine matches in a row since losing to Berkeley Prep (Fla.) at the Asics Challenge. Saturday, they beat Oak Park 25-23 25-12 to defend their title at the Maine West Pumpkin Invitational.
All nine victories during the streak have been achieved in two sets.
“We use our first three tournaments throughout the season as tests to see where we are and what do we need to improve on, and then we try to put it all together at the Maine West Tournament,” Sandburg coach David Vales said. “Obviously, the last two years, we have started to hit our stride at the right time.”
Sami Knight (510 assists) continues to spread the ball around magnificently to kill leaders Bridget Lebert (170 kills), Leah Lane (161) and Julia Borschel (161). Senior middle Kelly Finlay also was a standout at the Maine West invite, totaling 23 kills and no errors during the five matches.
Sandburg entered the week 26-7 and 5-0 in the SWSC Blue. Lincoln-Way East is right behind in the division at 4-1. The Eagles close out conference play Thursday with a home match against Joliet West.
Lindsey powers up
Sandburg’s No. 1 task in Tuesday’s showdown will be to stop Lincoln-Way East’s Jessica Lindsey, who pound for pound is well on her way to being the Southland’s most prodigious 2013 hitter.
The 6-foot right side has 345 kills in 33 matches for the Griffins. Maria Brown, of Lincoln-Way Central, has the second-highest kill total with 294.
In a big conference win Thursday against Lockport, Lindsey put the ball down 15 times. In Saturday’s championship match loss to Lincoln-Way Central, Lindsey was a standout with nine kills.
Player of the week
Kelly Finlay, of Sandburg, is the SouthtownStar Girls Volleyball Player of the Week. Finlay, a senior middle hitter, had 49 service points, 35 kills and 16 blocks in helping lead the Eagles to a 7-0 record, including the title at the Maine West Pumpkin Invitational.