The DeKalb girls volleyball team completed a 5-0 weekend sweep with impressive victories over Libertyville and New Trier on Saturday to win the Glenbrook North Tournament.
New Trier is last year's Class 4A state runner-up.
The Barbs defeated Nazareth Academy, Prospect and Glenbrook South on Friday in pool play. “It was a great tournament for us. Some very very good compettion,” DeKalb coach Ben Fisher said. “The girls stepped up and played well. I’m very pleased with the effort, results and focus we had all weekend.”
Courtney Bemis had 46 kills and Courtney Wagner and Alexis Hammond had 23 each over the weekend. Madison Lord had 106 assists while Nicole Schladt recorded 57 digs and Abby Hickey had 33.
Lord had 11 aces and Wagner had six while Wagner and Hammond each had nine blocks. DeKalb, which is undefeated in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East, is looking to use this as a springboard as the playoffs near.
“Hopefully this will propel us going forward,” Fisher said. “We’re still taking it one match at a time and trying to get better every day. I know the girls are happy.”
Sycamore 10th at Huntley Tournament: The Spartans finished 10th at the Hintley Tournament, going 1-2 on Saturday after going 1-1 on Friday. The Spartans defeated Westminster Christian (25-15, 25-16), but lost to Richmond-Burton (25-22, 25-17) and Johnsburg (25-22, 25-23).
Kaneland goes 1-2: Kaneland finished 1-2 at the Bettendorf (Iowa) Tournament.
Kaneland lost to Bettendorf (runner-up), 21-14, 21-15, but split matches against Moline and Muscatine.
Kaneland wins Northern Illinois Big 12: Kaneland won the Northern Illinois Big 12 Tournament at DeKalb. The Knights finished with 35 points. Sycamore was fourth with 20 points and DeKalb and Steator tied for 11th place.
DeKalb drills Freeport: DeKalb scored four second-half goals to defeat Freeport, 5-1. Trevor Freeland had a hat trick for the Barbs (15-2).
Kaneland ties Plainfield East: Kaneland rallied from a one-goal deficit at halftime to tie Plainfield East, 3-3.
Arsim Azemi scored two goals and Tyler Siebert had one goal for the Knights (7-5-4), who played a man down to end the match.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Schrader takes second: DeKalb’s Kelsey Schrader took second at the Sterling Invitational and the Barbs finished 10th as a team in the 25-team invitational. Schrader finished the 3-mile course in 17:54. Monica York was 33rd for the Barbs while Sara Schafer took 52nd.
Sycamore placed 13th as a team and was paced by Maggie Lalowski’s seventh-place finish. Hannah Cerny took 48th while Stephanie Cole was 57th.
Kaneland finished seventh as a team and the Knights were led by Brianna Bower’s 12th-place finish. Sydney Strang was 27th.
Hinckley-Big Rock’s Kristen Clark finished 40th in the open girls race. Katie Hoffman finished 93rd while freshman Audrey Harrod was seventh in the freshman race.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Sycamore eighth: Sycamore took eighth at the 25-team Sterling Invite.
Adam Millburg paced the Spartans with an 11th-place finish, clocking in at 15:56. Mark Stice was 15th in 16:01 while Kendryck Rand took 53rd. Jordan Peterson finished in 90th.
“I thought overall the boys took a step forward,” Sycamore coach Mike Lambdin said. “Our top seven runners were anywhere from one second to 23 seconds faster than they were two weeks ago.”
Isaac Hietanen finished 37th for DeKalb with a time of 16:34.
FRIDAY’S LATE RESULTS
Indian Creek falls: Indian Creek lost to Serena, 25-23, 25-19, in the consolation finals of the Little Ten tournament.
Emma Goodrich recorded two aces, Jackie Bouma had 12 digs, Rebecca Goodrich had a pair of kills and Josie Diehl chipped in with three kills for the Timberwolves (7-12), who host Mooseheart on Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY’S LATE RESULTS
DeKalb-Sycamore co-op tops South Elgin: The DeKalb-Sycamore swimming co-op remained undefeated on the season with a 124-56 win over South Elgin on the road.
Despite a different lineup, the co-op went 11 for 11 in event victories.
“The reason we’re winning all these meets that we have is because of the depth of the team,” co-op coach Leah Eames said. “You can’t win a meet with just individual wins. This meet was another example of that.”
Kayleigh Kozlowski won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke as the co-op’s only double-winner. Sam LeBlanc took first in the 500 free in a career-best time while Emily Cook won the 100 backstroke in a season-best time.
Sophomores Jensen Keck (100 free), Alexa Miller (100 butterfly), Kylie Olson (200 individual medley) and Bailey Flemming (200 free) also took home individual victories.
The four sophomores combined to win all three relays as well for DeKalb-Sycamore (8-0).
“Everything keeps building and as we get closer to the championship season, every meet gets us more confidence,” Eames said.