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Kull wins 500th at St. Charles East

Kevin Sherman/ksherman@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East girls volleyball head coach Jennie Kull shouts to her team during the final moments of their loss to Cary-Grove during their girls volleyball supersectional game in St. Charles on Saturday night.

Kevin Sherman/ksherman@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East girls volleyball head coach Jennie Kull shouts to her team during the final moments of their loss to Cary-Grove during their girls volleyball supersectional game in St. Charles on Saturday night.

 
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Former St. Charles athletic director Wayne DeMaar hired Jennie Kull to coach girls volleyball at St. Charles 17 years ago.

"I promised him I would win a state title within five years," Kull said, recalling the interview.

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It actually took Kull just four years for that state championship, a 41-2 season in 2001.

That is one of the crown jewels among the countless highlights during Kull's tenure with the Saints, which also includes the 2008 state title. The latest came Friday night at the Autumnfest tournament at Glenbard East.

With a victory over Wheaton Warrenville South, Kull recorded her 500th victory at St. Charles East.

True to form, Kull didn't even tell her players.

"I don't like attention brought to me," Kull said. "My focus was I was proud of the team for winning without our two injured middles."

Ironically, DeMaar was on hand Saturday at the tournament watching his granddaughter play for Glenbard West. Looking back at his hire for volleyball coach all these years, it couldn't have possibly turned out better.

"It's not about me," Kull said. "To me, it's the kids' success. I'm honored and proud because I'm just so proud to be a Saint. I love St. Charles so much, I'm proud to have this accomplishment because of everybody who has been part of it. I'm amazed how many great athletes come through here, and I've had such great support from all the parents."

The Saints finished 4-1 and took fourth place at Autumnfest, losing only to Waubonsie Valley. They are 26-6 on the year and play Geneva on Tuesday with a chance to earn a share of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division championship.

And they can add another win to Kull's new milestone. Kull said she isn't sure of her career wins which also includes four years in Champaign before moving to St. Charles.

"I'm blessed to have had great kids and great coaches," Kull said. "I have such great support around me."

Follow John Lemon on Twitter @jlemonDH

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