Sienna Spiglanin's spikes couldn't save Vernon Hills' girls volleyball team Tuesday night.
The junior pounded 15 kills and added 11 digs, but Leyden prevailed 25-18, 25-27, 25-15 in nonconference action.
Vernon Hills (1-2) also received 5 kills apiece from Katie Brettmann, Kasey Firnbach and Val Barybina. Brettmann served 3 aces, while Mia Polisky and Firnbach each delivered a pair. Polisky and Jade Goldufsky registered 12 digs apiece. Tori Smith of the Cougars was 90-of-90 setting with 27 assists.
Wauconda d. Marengo: Sara Sexton slammed 6 kills, Ashley Anderson served 4 aces, and LeAnne Sakowicz added 5 kills and 9 assists, as the visiting Bulldogs won 25-13, 25-16.
Wauconda (3-1) also received 3 kills and 11 assists from Susan Karhoff, while Fernanda Gonzalez delivered 3 aces.
Antioch d. Woodlands Academy: The Sequoits won 25-14, 25-8, as Hannah Skoog (8 service points, 1 ace, 17 digs) and Amanda Spera (4 service points, 5 kills, 2 blocks) helped lead the way.
"Every player on the team contributed," Antioch coach Jamie Atkinson said.
CL South d. Libertyville: The Wildcats fell 25-13, 25-18, despite 6 kills from Kate Jarecki.
Libertyville (2-2) fell behind 10-1 in Set 1 and never recovered. Set 2 was close throughout.
"I thought our serve-receive struggled all night, which made our offense very predictable," Libertyville coach Greg Loika said. "We cannot be successful out of system all night long. Though the defense tightened for us at the end, (Crystal Lake South's) size and power was more than we could match.
"The atmosphere was like postseason volleyball with a large crowd and a very hot gym," Loika added. "Matches against teams like this will pay off for our young team down the road."
Rhiannon Prentiss and Alex Basler chipped in 4 and 3 kills, respectively. Carly Ostmeyer had 10 digs, and freshman Morgan O'Brien chalked 8. Cassie Ostmeyer dished out 9 assists, and Lizzie Apgar lofted 7.
Dundee-Crown d. Grayslake Central: Alex Dahlstrom had 4 kills and Anna Basten added 3 for the Rams in their season-opening 25-19, 25-23 loss.
"We had a lot of first-game jitters against an improved Dundee-Crown team," Grayslake Central coach Jason Janczak said. "Tonight showed us what we need to work on moving forward."
Huntley d. Grayslake North: Nicole LeBaron pounded 6 kills, as the Knights lost 6-25, 29-27, 25-12 in their first match of the season.
Grayslake North also got 4 kills from Summer Camper and 3 apiece from Bailee Hardy and Alaina Geissberger, who added 4 blocks. Kendall Buchmann set 44 of 45 with 12 assists, and Stefani Keilwitz contributed 10 digs and 2 aces.
Glenbrook North d. Mundelein: The Mustangs lost a 25-20, 14-25, 26-24 heartbreaker, despite 12 kills and 3 blocks from Emily Dunkin and 7 kills and 2 aces from Yasmeen Johnson.
Madi Wilcox dished out 25 assists on 63-of-63 setting for Mundelein (2-2), and Cindy Kokoszka served 4 aces. Sarah Bregenzer had 4 kills and 3 blocks for the Mustangs.
Lakes d. Deerfield: Megan Behrendt's 8 kills and 7 digs helped the Eagles to the 25-19, 25-22 win.
"She did a great job stepping up to finish the match," coach Katie Cheek said.
Morgan Phillips led Lakes in digs with 10, followed by Abbey Buehler with 7. Maddie Demo lofted 19 assists and served 2 aces, while Haley Halberg knocked out 2 aces.