The skills of Taylor Schill showed up in a big way Saturday morning at the Maine West Pumpkin Girls Volleyball Invite.
The senior libero set a Hersey school record of 37 digs in one contest.
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Although the Huskies lost that match to Lyons (25-18, 15-25, 27-25), they went on to finish the 16-team event with a 3-2 record and improve to 24-5 for the season.
"That was awesome," said Hersey coach Nancy Lill about Schill's defensive prowess in the back row (94 digs in five matches). "That was some silver lining."
Another big individual effort came from freshman Liz Fuerst, who put down 10 kills in a loss against Maine South (25-23 23-25 25-10).
"She is going to be a force to be reckoned with in this league (Mid-Suburban) for three more years," Lill said.
For the weekend, the Hersey attack was led by Anna Mullen-Muhr (30 kills), Erica Hill (29), Fuerst (23), Abby Fesl (16), Courtney Stedman (14), Gabriella Olhava (9) and Megan Solans (5).
Fesl also directed the attack with 99 assists from 304 attempts.
Solans and Katie Krebs led the Mid-Suburban East champs with 7 aces apiece, while Fesl, Carly Pisano and ad Schill each had 5.
Hill's 14 blocks led Hersey.
"We had an off night against Maine South (pool play on Friday) which unfortunately knocked us out of the championship round," Lill said. "We struggled with consistency vs Maine South.
"Saturday we came back and played some great volleyball. Even though we dropped the close and intense Lyons match, we played much better took some good steps forward as a team."
Conant (11-18) went 2-3 in the tourney as Suzi Loznjakovic collected 56 assists, 4 aces and 18 digs.
Other key performers for the Cougars were Taylor Levitt (57 digs, 2 aces), Elisa Ambrose (14 assists, 14-14 serving), Sarah Manczko (29-30 serving, 3 aces, 11 kills), DeeDee Durr (13 kills), Jenn Donnell (34 kills, 30 digs, 40-44 serving, 12 aces), Daniele Sortino (14 digs) and Kari Thomsen (52-54 serving, 7 aces, 32 digs).
Elgin Invite:Rolling Meadows (19-13) went 5-0 to win the title as Rachel Mickey (40 kills), Morgan Keller (30) and Ashley Montanez (27) led the Mustangs' attack set by Jenny Vliet (55 assissts) and Sami Kay (52).
Grayslake North Invite: Fremd (22-6) claimed the title as the Vikings did not lose a set in five wins. The Vikes topped Mundelein 25-20, 25-17 in the championship.
Glenbard East Autumnfest:Schaumburg placed 16th out of 24 teams as Kelly Koutnik (46 kills), Kiana Lewis (25) and Deanna Murphy (9) led the Saxons' attack set by Jada Blackwell (49 assists) and Marisa Christy (38). Teammate Sarah Stuehm recorded 49 digs.