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Girls volleyball: St. Charles North makes quick work of Hononegah

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  • St. Charles North's Katie Lanz, left, and CJ Johnson celebrate a point against Hononegah during sectional semifinal varsity volleyball action at Chuck Dayton Gymnasium on the campus of DeKalb High School Monday night.

      St. Charles North's Katie Lanz, left, and CJ Johnson celebrate a point against Hononegah during sectional semifinal varsity volleyball action at Chuck Dayton Gymnasium on the campus of DeKalb High School Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's CJ Johnson, left, and Abby Graham, right, battle Hononegah's Alexis Lewis at the net during sectional semifinal volleyball action at Chuck Dayton Gymnasium on the campus of DeKalb High School Monday night.

      St. Charles North's CJ Johnson, left, and Abby Graham, right, battle Hononegah's Alexis Lewis at the net during sectional semifinal volleyball action at Chuck Dayton Gymnasium on the campus of DeKalb High School Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Ashley Bruns passes the ball.

      St. Charles North's Ashley Bruns passes the ball.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
 

Whatever chance Rockton Hononegah had of upsetting top-seed St. Charles North Monday night in the Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinals ended about as quickly as Abby Graham's spikes hit the floor.

Graham and Katie Lanz both put away 7 kills in the North Stars' 25-10, 25-10 victory that lasted about 35 minutes. St. Charles North (35-3) will have a rematch with St. Charles East (31-7) for the sectional championship at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Graham was on her game early. Rockton Hononegah only led twice, 1-0 in both sets.

Graham's block put the North Stars ahead 2-1 in the opening set. She stuffed another shot to make it 5-2, and followed with back-to-back kills for a 7-2 lead and the first Hononegah timeout.

"It's always important in these matches to get off to a good start," Graham said. "I think we're just really playing well. Each win makes us want it more."

Lauren Caprini, Gigi Crescenzo, Amanda Parker and CJ Johnson all served aces as Hononegah struggled to stay in system.

Hononegah (20-14) seemed overwhelmed trying to keep up with the variety of North Star hitters.

"We were excited to have an opportunity to play against a great team," Hononegah coach Kaylee Libby said. "We knew what we were getting ourselves into. They have great hitters, they serve really aggressive. They have a fast offense. It was tough for us to compete at that level of volleyball."

The North Stars also started fast in the second set, taking a 9-1 lead on Parker's ace. Lanz blasted a ball off a block for a 14-3 lead.

North Stars coach Lindsey Hawkins got a few of her reserves into the game during the second set. Megan Clark ended the match with a tip kill.

Crescenzo led the North Stars with 13 digs and Parker had 10 assists.

"Abby is a great leader for this team and knows how to make big plays when we need it," Hawkins said of Graham's fast start.

"They came ready, focused. They have a chip on their shoulder. They know they need to work super hard."

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