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North, South, St. Francis hope all roads lead to Normal

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 1:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com Wheaton North's Dana Ogilvie hits the ball during the Falcons' match against Glenbard East on Oct. 15.

The volleyball postseason begins on Monday for some teams and Tuesday for the rest. St. Francis is looking to defend its Class 3A title while Wheaton North, Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton Academy and West Chicago all have the same goal in mind – to reach Redbird Arena in Normal, home to the state finals for all classes Nov. 15 and 16.

Wheaton North

Regional: South Elgin

Sectional: Geneva

First match: 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 29, vs. No. 10 South Elgin

Outlook: The Falcons notched their 19th win of the season with a victory over West Aurora on Oct. 17, which upped their DuPage Valley Conference record to 9-3.

The squad is led by sophomore outside hitter Grace Tiesman, who has received hitting help from Maddie Hutchinson and Amanda Mordacq. Setter Kelly Thornton and libero Erica Walker have also been major contributors.

Selected as the No. 7 seed at the Geneva sectional, Wheaton North opens the postseason against South Elgin. A win would propel the Falcons in the regional championship Oct. 31, where No. 2 St. Charles North would potentially await.

Wheaton Warrenville South

Regional: Bolingbrook

Sectional: Plainfield South

First match: 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 28, vs. No. 21 Romeoville

Outlook: This has been an up-and-down campaign for the Tigers, who had an 11-17 record through their first 28 matches.

Wheaton Warrenville South is led by outside hitter Talia Holze, who had tallied 227 kills and 103 digs as of Monday. Setter Rachel Burau had contributed 450 assists, 72 kills and 109 digs while Kristin Martin had 141 kills and 91 digs.

“The season has definitely been a learning process for us,” head coach Bill Schreier said. “There have been numerous ups and downs as we have been inconsistent at times.”

Receiving the No. 12 seed at the Plainfield South sectional, the Tigers will open with Romeoville in a regional quarterfinal match. A victory would send the team into a matchup with No. 4 seed Waubonsie Valley in the semis on Tuesday. The other highest team in the Bolingbrook regional is No. 5 Lemont.

“It will be nice for us to get off to a fresh start, for sure,” Schreier said of the postseason. “I do believe if we play the way that we should, we will be able to contend for a regional championship this year.”

West Chicago

Regional: West Chicago

Sectional: Geneva

First match: 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 29, vs. No. 8 Schaumburg

Outlook: The Wildcats, who received the No. 9 seed at the Geneva sectional, are hosting their own regional.

West Chicago will kick off the postseason with a match against Schaumburg. The winner advances to the regional championship and will most likely face off against No. 1 seed Glenbard West, which won the West Suburban Silver for the second straight year. The regional championship is Oct. 31.

St. Francis

Regional: Timothy Christian

Sectional: Coal City

First match: 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 29, vs. No. 4 Wheaton Academy or No. 5 Timothy Christian

Outlook: The Spartans’ hopes for defending their state title were dealt a blow with the loss of Maddie Haggerty to a shoulder injury. But don’t think for a second that St. Francis doesn’t have enough firepower to still get the job done.

Led by outside hitter Molly Haggerty, Maddie’s younger sister, the Spartans have won 30 matches for a 28th consecutive season.

The defense is led by libero Sam Dubiel, who coach Peg Kopec says is perhaps the best she has had, while setter Natalie Murison and opposite Becca Shearer have also been major contributors.

St. Francis is the top seed at the Timothy Christian Class 3A regional and will open up its title defense against either the host Trojans or Wheaton Academy. Nazareth or Montini, both with more than 20 wins, would await in the regional final Oct. 31.

A potential matchup with Joliet Catholic would occur in the sectional semifinal Nov. 5.

Wheaton Academy

Regional: Timothy Christian

Sectional: Coal City

First match: 6 p.m. Mon., Oct. 28, vs. No. 5 Timothy Christian

Outlook: The Warriors have the misfortune of being placed in arguably the toughest regional in the state.

Drawing the No. 4 seed at the Timothy Christian Class 3A regional, Wheaton Academy will open up against the host Trojans, who led the Metro Suburban Conference as of Monday.

A win sets up a regional semifinal date with No. 1 seed St. Francis, the defending Class 3A state champs who are ranked second in the state behind Mother McAuley.

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