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Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Eagles soaring through first 15 matches

With 15 matches already in the books Sandburg counts 12 victories among them.
But Eagles coach Dave Vales will tell you that exceptional teams find a way to win the close matches. And in that regard Sandburg is still feeling its way around.
Two of the Eagles' losses to date came at Saturday's Wheaton Classic, where they wound up fourth overall. Libertyville edged Sandburg 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 in the semifinals and then Downers Grove North pocketed a 27-25, 11-25, 27-25 victory in the third-place match.
“The challenge of playing Libertyville was that we were anticipating playing Marist, but they lost in three [sets] so our scouting wasn’t the best heading into that match,” Vales said. “They hit us with a huge player in the middle and took it to us early. They rocked us back on our heels and it was a dogfight all the way to the end.
“We were actually up 22-20 in the last game and we let it slip out of our hands. We had [a bit of] trouble finishing the last two matches. You have to learn to win the close matches, and right now we’ve been getting close but no cigar.”

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Outcome worth the wait for Cyclones soccer players

MORAINE-LOGOGood things come to those who wait.
Those words couldn’t have been truer for Moraine Valley College’s women’s soccer team last Wednesday. After seeing a few prime scoring chances foiled during regulation, the Cyclones finally broke through against Elgin College in overtime.
Less than two minutes into the extra session Diana Lozano ended the match on a positive note for Moraine. After beating a defender down the field and seeking only to hit the ball across the box, the Richards grad instead watched it go into the net to give the Cyclones a 1-0 victory that halted a losing streak.
Before Lozano came through, Kristina Cypser (Shepard), Alexis Delgado and Maggie Hacker (Sandburg) nearly did. Hacker, in fact, fired a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar in the later stages of the second half.
Moraine keeper Alexis Boyer received her share of tests, too, but was equal to the challenge as she finished with eight saves. The shutout was her third of the season.

SXU sports summary

Huizenga honored for work as SID

SXUSPORTSLOGOFOR-ROUNDUPHe isn’t an athlete himself, but he has written extensively about those who compete for St. Xavier University.
And like a great many of those individuals Rob Huizenga’s efforts have paid off in a big way.
Huizenga, SXU’s sports information director since 2003, was recently named the top person in his field during the 2013-14 academic year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The inaugural NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year award was given out as part of the organization’s first-ever National Awards Day.
The award acknowledged Huizenga’s work in raising the visibility of Cougars athletics with both regional and national media and his contributions to the NAIA and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Association. In addition to his SID duties, Huizenga serves as SXU’s assistant director of athletics.
"I have been very fortunate over my 11-year career at St. Xavier University to work with some amazing and talented student-athletes and coaches and [have] witnessed a number of them earn some pretty impressive national awards,” Huizenga said. “I never imagined that one day I would have my own chance to bring a national award to this university just for doing the job that I love.
“There are so many people who deserve my thanks for helping me earn this prestigious honor, but first and foremost I have to thank my family (wife Jade and daughters Ashlyn, Ivy and Lily) for supporting and standing by me when things get busy and I spend long days, nights and weekends away from home.
“I also want to thank my assistant Chris Gbur for his constant efforts in helping SXU sports information continue to grow and develop.”
Huizenga, a Henderson, Ill., native and 2001 graduate of Knox College, was instrumental in helping three athletes — basketball player Brad Karp and softball players Megan and Nicole Nonnemacher — earn prestigious honors last school year. Karp and Megan Nonnemacher were both chosen as members of the Capital One Academic All-America team in their respective sports, while Nicole Nonnemacher was tabbed as the NAIA National Softball Player of the Year.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Amy Strong

Volleyball team stretches win streak to 11

TRINITYLOGO-FOR-8-28Nobody’s perfect, but Trinity Christian College’s volleyball players did their best to refute that theory in a series of matches last week.
Not only did the Trolls take down five straight opponents, but they did so without losing a single game. Included among the wins was their third straight in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
That 25-15, 25-6, 25-10 victory over Purdue University Calumet last Tuesday swept Trinity into Olivet Nazarene University’s Holiday Inn Express Invitational over the weekend. There, the Trolls defeated Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University (25-21, 25-12, 25-14), Ohio Valley (WV) University (25-23, 25-17, 25-18), Campbellsville (Ky.) University (25-21, 25-21, 25-14) and Cornerstone (Mich.) University (25-22, 25-17, 25-22).
Trinity (12-5, 3-0) entered the current week with an 11-match unbeaten streak. The Trolls hosted Indiana University-South Bend in a CCAC match this past Tuesday.
PUC only challenged Trinity in the opening set on Tuesday as it was tied at 8 and trailed just 16-13. However, the Trolls seized control after that by running off eight consecutive points, half of which came on kills. Danielle Oeverman put down three of those and Karleigh Krchmery contributed a service ace to the game-changing rally.
A .706 hitting percentage boosted Trinity in Game 2 as it recorded 12 kills on 17 attempts. The Trolls used a nine-point run to construct an insurmountable 15-3 lead as Tori Mantel led the way at the service line. Game 3 was more of the same as Trinity jumped out to leads of 17-6 and 21-10.
Behind Oeverman (13 kills, four blocks, no hitting errors) the Trolls posted a .435 attack percentage and totaled 36 kills for the match. Other notable team stats were a .973 percent success rate at the service line, six aces, 36 digs and seven blocks.
Krchmery (three aces) and Michelle Busscher (11 digs) were Trinity’s other key performers.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

In preparation for his senior golf season at Shepard Shane Wright participated in junior tournaments at Cog Hill this summer and came away with an improved game.

Those strides have been paying big dividends for the Astros so far.
Wright shot 37 twice last week. The first score came in Shepard's four-stroke dual victory over Stagg on Monday at Palos Municipal while the second helped the Astros capture their own triangular at Water's Edge the next day.
“Shane is definitely the team leader for us,” Shepard coach Mike Oziemkowski said. “He’s definitely improved his short game and putting game since last year, and that’s how he’s lowered his scores this year. He really improved his short game at the junior tournament at Cog Hill.