Sara Sexton noted that doctors told her family early in her life that she might reach 5 foot 9 when fully grown. Of course, her father is all of 6-6.
Now the Wauconda junior stands 6-2 and is a major force in the middle for the Bulldogs volleyball team.
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"I think I'm still growing,'' Sexton said.
Sexton is also all-volleyball all the time.
"I play volleyball all year long," she said. "It's my thing."
For opening night at Mundelein, fans were treated to two close sets and then a one-sided set. Wauconda went home with a 25-20, 25-27, 25-17 victory.
Sexton had 8 kills and 2 blocks.
"I just love this team," she said. "It's so team-oriented. We have a lot of potential."
Following a serving ace from Sexton in set one, Wauconda was off and flying at 9-3. Mundelein coach George Dressen Jr.'s latest team did not surrender. On a serving ace from senior Cindy Kokoszka, the Bulldogs' lead was cut to 17-14.
"It was a roller coaster all night for us," Dressen said. "We had 11 serving errors in three sets. And there is no explaining that."
Set two was clearly the most entertaining. With Kokoszka serving, the Mustangs scored six straight points to open a 21-17 lead. The score was knotted 25-25 when Monica Bowser had the key block.
The decisive set three was all Wauconda. Libero Ashley Anderson opened her serving effort with an ace. She got help from a Sexton kill and another one from LeAnne Sakowicz (9 kills) and the Wauconda lead was 16-6.
"We still have a lot to work on," said Wauconda coach Alison Williams. "But we were able to do some things tonight. We also have a little more height this year."
Sakowicz chipped in 10 assists and 3 aces. Anderson paced the Wauconda defense with 15 digs.
Mundelein's Yasmeen Johnson led the Mustangs with 11 kills. Kokoszka had 16 digs and 4 aces. Setter Trina Neukam notched 16 assists.