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