Volleyball enters regional play

Alexandra Abbott

IVCC’s Taylor Gunia sets the ball as her teammates scramble into position in the sophomore night game on Oct. 22 vs. Black Hawk. The Lady Eagles went on to win the game.

The Lady Eagles volleyball team finished up their stellar
regular season with a record of 20-12 as of press time and
prepared to host a home regional game.
After the opening round of regionals, the championship
of the tournament will be played Nov. 9 at College of Lake
County.
“As a team we are feeling pretty good about the start of
regionals,” said sophomore outside hitter Sarah Lushina.
“We are definitely not the biggest and strongest team, but
with the amount of heart that we have together we have the
capability of beating any team in our region. We just need
to focus on our goals and get the job done.”
In a recent match on Oct 17, the team traveled to
Moraine Valley and fell in three sets 19-25; 16-25; 15-25.
Sophomore Johnna Schultz led the team with six points.
Freshman Brianna Huss had 8 kills. Sophomore Jessica
Jessen had 18 digs.
On Oct 22, the team hosted Black Hawk for a home conference
match-up and won in three matches 25-19; 25-20;
25-19. Sophomore Kayla MacDavitt was a force at the net
with 13 kills. Sophomore Lisa Lukkari had 14 digs and
Schultz had 15 assists.
Sophomores were honored before the Oct. 22 game.
Lushina said, “It was a pretty emotional night because
those of us that have been together the last two years have
become really close, and we are like a family.”
The next day, the team hit the road to Kishwaukee for a
conference match-up but lost 23-25; 13-25; 22-25. Sophomore
Sarah Lushina had 12 kills, while Jessen had 13 digs.
Freshman Syd Walker had 5 points.
In the final regular season match, the team traveled to
Lincoln and lost in four sets 26-24; 17-25; 17-25; 25-21; 8-
15. Schultz led the team with 16 points, while MacDavitt
had 14 kills. Jessen also had 17 digs.
Earlier in the month, the team traveled to Kankakee for
a two-day tournament. The Lady Eagles finished the tournament
with a record of 3-1 and placed second overall.
Schultz and MacDavitt were selected to the All-Tournament
team.

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