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SouthtownStar's three things to know

10/14/2013, 9:15pm CDT
By Tony Baranek |

Tony Baranek breaks down the three things you should know about volleybal in the Southland area

Lincoln-Way East bounces back. Just when you think the Griffins have pretty much hit the wall, they bounce back off it and look impressive. Jess Lindsey was a hitting hero in back-to-back SouthWest Suburban Blue wins over Homewood-Flossmoor and Stagg as the Griffins are off to a 3-0 start in league play. Add to that a respectable 3-2 mark at the St. Charles East Mizuno Cup, and you’ve got a team going in the right direction.

Showdowns are brewing. The threesome of Sandburg, Lockport and Lincoln-Way East (all 3-0) will decide the outcome of the Southwest Suburban Blue matches that will see Sandburg at Lockport on Tuesday, Lockport at Lincoln-Way East on Thursday and Sandburg at Lincoln-Way East on Oct. 22. Another key match Tuesday has Shepard (8-2) at Oak Lawn (9-1) with first place in the South Suburban Red at stake.

Ag serves notice. While much has been made of Mother McAuley’s serving prowess, especially that of Ryann DeJarld and Kennedy Arundel, another duo is making life miserable for back-row defenders on the small-school level. Ag Science’s Allison Nash leads the Southland in aces with 51, while teammate Jalia Shepard has landed 36. Others running near the front of the pack with DeJarld (44) are Katelyn Sullivan of Richards (44), Claire Vrabec of Lincoln-Way Central (43), Leah Alles of Providence (42) and Kelly Ferguson of Lemont (40).

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