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Article updated: 9/21/2013 10:36 PM

Runner-up finish for Hersey at home

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By Daily Herald report

Hersey's girls volleyball team took second place in its own six-team invite, falling to Lake Zurich in the championship matchup Saturday.

The Huskies had won all four of their matches in two sets before the Bears took the title match 25-20, 25-22 at the Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.

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Defending Mid-Suburban League champion Hersey, which evened its overall record to 8-8, was led on attack by sophomore Liz Fuerst (31 kills), junior Courtney Stedman (31), junior Kelly Hill (22), junior Gabri Olhava (17), sophomore Katie Rozanki (13) and junior Caity Strozewski (10).

Pacing the back row were senior Katie Krebs (63 digs) and Fuerst (40) while Olhava collected a team-high 9 blocks.

Senior Megan Solans served 8 aces and Fuerst 7 while Stedman (37 assists), Strowzewski (31 assists) and senior Carly Pisano (24 assists) were primary setters.

"We had a great tourney," said Huskies coach Nancy Lill. "Our only loss was a close match with Lake Zurich. We really took a big step today with some outstanding play."

Lill changed things up in the middle of the week with a new lineup.

"Things just seem to have clicked for us," she said. "I am really excited about the how this team is developing and the rest of this season."

Schaumburg (10-5) took fourth place, finishing with a 2-3 record.

Senior Ashley Chimis served 5 aces for the Saxons while classmate Kiana Lewis had 4.

Lewis led the team with 24 kills followed by Oyinkan Akinola and Abbie Rahn who each had 17.

Lexi Ross collected 8 blocks for while teammates Sarah Stuehm and Hannah Moore each had 46 digs.

Jada Blackwell handed out 43 assists and Megan Hayes 14.

St. Viator Invite: Keith Country Day won the title with a 25-20, 25-19 victory over Immaculate Conception while Carmel defeated Elk Grove 25-15, 25-17 for third place.

St. Viator went 2-3 and finished seventh in its own 12-team field.

Grace Fedus (19 kills) and Mary Cleary (16) were top attackers on the day for the Lions (11-7) while Kaitlin O'Brien served for 5 aces.

Jenny Brandt led Viator with 7 blocks while Megan Mueller and Cleary each had 5.

Ziegler (51 assists) and O'Brien (37) set the offense while Meyer led the defense with 80 digs.

Rolling Meadows (1-4 in the tourney, 7-8 overall) was led on attack by basketball standouts Jenny Vliet (32 kills) and Ashley Montanez (27) while Lauren Sokolowski added 18 and Mia Harper 13.

Sokolowski (36 digs), Grace Skorin (33) and Sami Kay (20) led the defense.

Kay (50 assists) and Vliet (38) set the attack for the Mustangs.

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