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updated: 10/16/2012 11:40 PM

Lake Zurich stays sharp, handles Vernon Hills

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Lake Zurich's girls volleyball team continued its run of strong play Tuesday night, reaching the 20-win mark by capturing a 25-10, 25-23 decision over Vernon Hills in a North Suburban Conference crossover.

Layne Self served 9 aces and pounded 8 kills for Lake Zurich, which improved to 20-10. Mallory Parsons also had 8 kills for the Bears. Kiley McPeek posted 3 blocks, and Kristen Walding dished out 20 assists.

Vernon Hills (11-19) received 6 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces from Shannon Nugent. Jenn Claussen contributed 3 kills and a pair of aces.

Wauconda d. Zion-Benton: Susan Karhoff's 8 kills, 7 digs and 6 assists helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-25, 25-19 win in North Suburban crossover action.

Megan Tallman had 6 kills, 9 assists, 7 digs and 4 aces for Wauconda (19-9). Emily Holub and Sara Sexton contributed 5 and 4 kills, respectively, and Ashley Anderson also had 7 digs for the Bulldogs. LeAnne Sakowicz chipped in 3 kills and 5 assists.

Grant d. Warren: The Bulldogs won the North Suburban crossover 27-25, 25-19, as Brooke Buckley (12-of-12 hitting) and Beka Couch (16 of 19) pounded 7 kills each.

Grant's Taylor Rossi served 9 of 10 with 2 aces and set 51 of 52 with 16 assists. Mallory Gizowski was 10-of-10 hitting with 4 kills.

Warren got 6 kills from Kendall Farmer and four from Danielle Buschick. The Blue Devils' Rachel Ziegler dished out 6 assists on 21-of-21 setting, and also had 2 kills and 2 aces.

Stevenson d. Antioch: Khaila Donaldson hammered 8 kills and served 2 aces for the Patriots, who won the North Suburban crossover 25-11, 25-17 to improve to 27-3.

Liza Pflugradt added 5 kills and 3 aces for Stevenson, while Alexa Bykowski lofted 11 assists on 22-of-23 setting. Elizabeth Shancer chipped in 6 digs and 2 aces.

Antioch (17-13) was paced by Amanda Spera's 4 kills, and Sam Falco's 3 kills and 3 blocks. Marissa Grant lofted 9 assists and delivered 2 aces.

"We played hard and competed with a strong Stevenson team," Sequoits coach Glen Heitman said. "Our serve-receive struggled and, as a result, we had a hard time running a productive offense."

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