Volleyball preview: Schedule forces Dukes to toughen up

ELMHURST – The Dukes are off to a 3-4 start to the season, but that record is a bit deceptive.

York has three losses to Benet, the two-time defending Class 4A state champs, that came in a six day span. The Dukes lost to the Redwings twice at the Benet Invite, where York placed second after losing to the hosts in the final, and lost a regular season match to Benet on Wednesday.

Senior outside hitters Amy Nosek and Claudia Zerdin were on the Benet all-tournament team along with sophomore libero Halle Truett.

The Dukes have some size. Nosek, Liz Pronove and Molly Schlecht give the Dukes three 6-foot players to provide a strong block. Seniors Nosek and Schlecht are three-year varsity players.

Senior setter Rachel Iverson returns as the team’s primary setter. The coach’s daughter is in her third year on varsity and second as a starter.

Freshman Sarah Rose, younger sister of former York standout and current Western Michigan volleyball player Caroline Rose, has earned playing time in early matches.

York at a glance

Conference:
West Suburban Silver

Home court: 355 W. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst

2012 record: 14-20 overall, 4-2 WSS

Coach: Patty Iverson

Top players:
Rachel Iverson sr. S
Amy Nosek sr. OH
Liz Pronove jr. MH
Molly Schlecht sr. MB
Halle Truett so. L
Claudia Zerdin sr. OH