Girls volleyball: Benet continues growing up with win over St. Charles North

  • Benet Academy's Ava Novak hits past St. Charles North's Kayla Davern in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Ava Novak hits past St. Charles North's Kayla Davern in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Ava Novak with teammates against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Ava Novak with teammates against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Ava Novak tips the ball against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Ava Novak tips the ball against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Annie Eschenbach and Evelyn Blacha celebrate a point against St. Charles North Thursday in St. Charles.

    Benet Academy's Annie Eschenbach and Evelyn Blacha celebrate a point against St. Charles North Thursday in St. Charles. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Caelin Abramic hits against St. Charles North's Mia Dela Merced and Riley Moreno, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Caelin Abramic hits against St. Charles North's Mia Dela Merced and Riley Moreno, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Peyton Turner returns a back row shot against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Peyton Turner returns a back row shot against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Annie Eschenbach stretches to block a shot from St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Annie Eschenbach stretches to block a shot from St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Caroline Carens hits against St. Charles North's Jessica Parker in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Caroline Carens hits against St. Charles North's Jessica Parker in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Rese Bastuga hits against St. Charles North's Riley Moreno and Jessica Parker, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Rese Bastuga hits against St. Charles North's Riley Moreno and Jessica Parker, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Ava Novak hits against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Ava Novak hits against St. Charles North in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Katherine Scherer hits against Benet Academy's Evelyn Blacha in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Katherine Scherer hits against Benet Academy's Evelyn Blacha in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Annie Eschenbach hits into the defense of St. Charles North's Marissa Guajardo and Katherine Scherer, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Annie Eschenbach hits into the defense of St. Charles North's Marissa Guajardo and Katherine Scherer, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Katherine Scherer, left, with teammates against Benet Academy in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Katherine Scherer, left, with teammates against Benet Academy in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Mia Dela Merced hits against Benet Academy's Caelin Abramic in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Mia Dela Merced hits against Benet Academy's Caelin Abramic in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Benet Academy's Caelin Abramic hits toward St. Charles North's Riley Moreno and Alex Bardouniotis, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    Benet Academy's Caelin Abramic hits toward St. Charles North's Riley Moreno and Alex Bardouniotis, right, in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Jessica Parker returns a Benet Academy shot from the back row in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Jessica Parker returns a Benet Academy shot from the back row in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Jessica Parker hits a shot at the net against Benet on Thursday during the North Stars' 25-22, 25-13 loss.

    St. Charles North's Jessica Parker hits a shot at the net against Benet on Thursday during the North Stars' 25-22, 25-13 loss. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Jessica Parker, left, Riley Moreno and Katherine Scherer, right talks between points against Benet Academy in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Jessica Parker, left, Riley Moreno and Katherine Scherer, right talks between points against Benet Academy in a girls volleyball game in St. Charles Thursday, September 2, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/2/2021 9:14 PM

Brad Baker is guiding one of the youngest varsity volleyball rosters Benet has ever fielded in his tenure.

The potential, however, is more than apparent.

 

"A lot of these kids, half of our roster [it] was their first away game," Baker said following Benet's 25-22, 25-13 victory over St. Charles North on Thursday. "We need[ed] to go over what do they do when they get their name called," he joked.

Sophomore outside hitter Ava Novak and freshman libero Aniya Warren are part of that young nucleus moving forward.

"[Novak] is a hard-working kid and a big part of what we're doing this year," Baker said. "Aniyah is just all over the place. The kid has got a lot of energy and makes good reads. Plays way above her age."

"[Warren] is super energetic," Novak said of her club volleyball teammate. "Brings so much energy to the court and she's everywhere. She always has my back and has everyone on the team's back. It's really good to have her on the team because she's a freshman and she's amazing."

Warren led Benet with 11 digs.

Novak, who had six kills, is cousins with teammate and senior setter Sam Buckley.

"We just right-off-the-bat, have that cousin connection," Novak said. "So, it's been going really well for us. I love the team this year. We're super pumped and really motivated so I'm really excited for this year."

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Novak "just tries to do her part" on the court.

"And help out the team as much as possible," Novak said. "As long as I can get a good shot and put the ball where it needs to be whenever I get set, that's what I'm really focused on: just doing my role on this team."

Benet (6-1), on its 15th different lineup already this season, is continuing to grow and will do so more as the season progresses.

"There's no way this is where we're going to be even a month from now," Baker said. "Doesn't mean the lineup is going to be, but just connections and playing. With our youth, I feel like we can grow as much as anybody in the state."

The North Stars (4-4) are seeing positive returns from sophomore outside hitter Katie Scherer.

Scherer had five kills to pace the North Stars offensively.

"This is her, I don't know, 10th match playing outside," North Stars coach Lindsey Hawkins said. "She was a setter for me in club, and last year played setter and right side. She's still learning a lot, but the fact she is playing at such a high level already I think speaks to the potential that she has."

"It feels really good. Me and my setter [Jessica Parker] have been working really hard to connect and it's been really good. My coach has been really supportive and giving me tips," Scherer said.

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