Eagles open season with new coach


Stuart Schopp, IV Leader Sports Writer

The volleyball team, led by head coach Erin Polte, has started the season with a 3-3 record, as of press time. The Eagles played their first home game on Aug. 29 against Illinois Institute of Technology, and won in five games, 3-2. The Eagles captured the first game 25-15.

Then, they were down late in the second game and made a dramatic comeback to win 26-24. After dropping the third and fourth games, the Eagles came back in the fifth game with a decisive 15-9 score to seal the victory before the home crowd. The Eagles opened the season with a tournament at College of DuPage, splitting their four games there.  Coming out of the tournament, they lost their first regular season game to Lincoln College 3-1.

Emily Hackler led the team with 28 digs and Taylor Erjavsek added 9 kills. This is the Eagles first season under head coach Erin Polte, who replaced Julie Sherbeyn. Sherbeyn resigned in the spring after accepting a position at a community college in Nebraska. Before accepting the IVCC position, Polte had coached the Illinois Valley Volley Power, Graceland University (student athletic trainer) and Hall High School freshmen.