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Prep volleyball insider: Genoa-Kingston coach likes new lineup

Genoa-Kingston's Bridget Halat sets the ball during the second game of a match against North Boone on Sept. 12 in Genoa. The Cogs won the match.
Genoa-Kingston's Bridget Halat sets the ball during the second game of a match against North Boone on Sept. 12 in Genoa. The Cogs won the match.

Genoa-Kingston coach Keith Foster has the Cogs focusing on ball control as his team prepares for Burlington Central and Richmond-Burton, two of its biggest remaining tests in the regular season.

The Cogs ran out a new lineup against North Boone and Foster thought his team made better decisions with the ball.

“As long as we can do that, we’re a tough team to beat,” Foster said.

Foster said his team has had a tendency throughout the season to give up too many free points to its opponents, allowing them to score on service errors and passing errors that shouldn’t happen to a team vying to be one of the best in its conference.

“Our goal lately has been to limit those mistakes,” Foster said. “The difference between us and those stronger teams is we’re giving 13, 14, 15, 16 free points and we’re getting eight. We’ve got to close that gap.”

T’wolves dealing with slow starts: Indian Creek coach Stephanie Crutcher couldn’t explain why her team lacked focus in the Timberwolves’ Little Ten quarterfinals loss to Hinckley-Big Rock.

Just a week earlier, Indian Creek rallied past their Little Ten rivals for a crucial three-game win.

“They were really fired out and we were just kind of playing with no energy,” Crutcher said. “They were wanting this really bad, we’ve got to rise up to that intensity.”

But Indian Creek righted the ship against Hiawatha in the Little Ten Tournament consolation semifinals for an easy two-game victory and will look to keep the momentum going as the playoffs near.

VIEWS: Cogs, Spartans with chance to make statement

Three weeks ago, Genona-Kingston and Sycamore didn't play their best.

Traveling on the road to face their conference rivals (Burlington Central and DeKalb, respectively), the Cogs and Spartans each lost in two games.

They were games circled on the schedule, no extra motivation needed.

The losses put both teams behind in the conference standings, but much has changed in three weeks. Sycamore comes off a promising 4-1 mark at the Sterling Invite while G-K's only other conference loss came to Richmond-Burton.

Both are playing well and have an opportunity to shake up the conference races by toppling their league's best team. More so than that, they both have a chance to gain valuable confidence and experience.

"We're excited for that challenge as always," G-K coach Keith Foster said.

And with the playoffs starting at the end of this month, there may be no better team for a statement win.

Ross Jacobson is the sports editor of the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached via email at or follow him on Twitter @RossJacobson.

Spotlight on...

Bridget Halat
Genoa-Kingston, jr., OH,

Halat recorded 11 kills in Genoa-Kingston's two-game victory over North Boone on Tuesday.

What to watch
DeKalb at Sycamore, 6 p.m. today

Sycamore looks for some revenge after DeKalb beat the Spartans in two games in their first matchup.

Burlington Central at Genoa-Kingston, 6 p.m. today
Genoa-Kingston will seek to get back in the hunt in the Big Northern Conference when it hosts their rivals from Burlington.

1. DeKalb (17-3, 5-0 NI Big 12 East) –
The Barbs keep rolling in conference.
2. Genoa-Kingston (13-8, 6-2 Big Northern Conference East) – The Cogs playing well once again.
3. Kaneland (9-10, 3-2 NI Big 12 East) – The Knights are still in contention for conference crown.
4. Hinckley-Big Rock (8-6-1, 4-3 Little Ten Conference) – TheRoyals picked up a big win over Indian Creek in the LTC Tournament.
5. Indian Creek (7-11, 4-2 LTC) –TheTimberwolves reached the Little Ten consolation finals.
6. Sycamore (11-8, 2-3 NI Big 12 East) – The Spartans went 4-1 at the Sterling Invitational this past weekend.
7. Hiawatha (2-15, 0-5 Little Ten) – TheHawks fell twice in Little Ten Tournament.

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