Prep Volleyball

Class 1A Volleyball State Tournament Profiles

Melina Tedrow receives the ball during a game against QND on Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
Jake Shane 1|
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 12:01 am

Newark

Coach: Tonya Grayson (423-154, 17th season)

Record: 34-3

State Tournament Appearances: First.

Scouting the Norsemen: Madi Malone, a 5-foot-11 freshman, has 448 kills this season, obliterating the school record of 359 set by current assistant Sam Akre in 2008. She also has 57 aces and is second on the team with 276 digs. Malone had 18 kills in a three-set victory over Lexington in the super-sectional. Mattie Chapman, a 6-foot sophomore, is a two-time all-Little Ten Conference pick, and she had 180 kills and 57 blocks. Three other big contributors are junior middle hitter Alyssa Gittins, sophomore libero Meggie Scott and junior setter Olivia Nelson. Newark's losses are to Class 3A Manteno and Taylorville and Class 4A McHenry.

Durand

Coach: Molly Kelsey (134-46-6, 6th season)

Record: 34-1-1

State Tournament Appearances: First.

Scouting the Bulldogs: Durand eliminated West Prairie, the defending 1A state champions, in two sets in the super-sectional. The Bulldogs ended a 23-year drought in the regionals last year, and they won only the second sectional in school history. Durand defeated Rockford Keith Country Day to win the sectional. Keith won state titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In fact, West Prairie's title ended a run of six straight Class 1A champions from the Rockford area. The Bulldogs tied Riverdale in August and lost to Stockton in October. Junior McKenzie Damon leads the team with 309 kills, and senior middle hitter Kaite Asche has 299 kills and 100 blocks.

Stewardson-Strasburg

Coach: Ronda Schlechte (182-87, 7th season)

Record: 33-6

State Tournament Appearances: 3rd in 1978, 3rd in 1979, 2nd in 1984, 2nd in 1985, 1st in 1986, 1993, 1994, 3rd in 1995, 2nd in 2013, 3rd in 2016).

Scouting the Hatchets: Stew-Stras, which co-ops with Windsor, lost twice each to St. Thomas More (a Class 2A semifinalist) and Mount Zion (a Class 3A quarterfinalist), once to Glenbard West (a Class 4A sectional finalist) and a team from Indiana. Last year's team finished third, and back for the Hatchets is Megan Schlechte, a 5-foot-11 junior who has 490 kills. She's had double digits in kills in all but seven games. Senior Kasey Bean has 159 kills and sophomore Maria Gentry has 137, but Schlechte has twice as many kill attempts as any other player.

Payson Seymour

Coach: Teresa Loos (70-7, 2nd season)

Record: 39-1

State Tournament Appearances: 1998, 4th in 2009.

Scouting the Indians: Payson Seymour was considered to be one of the state's best Class 1A teams last year, but it lost to eventual champion West Prairie in the regional finals. This year's team has only lost three sets, two of them coming in its only loss on Sept. 29 to Lincoln at the Riverton Fall Classic. Senior middle hitter Josie Stanford leads the Indians with 391 kills, but senior hitter Kamryn Flesner has 264 kills and junior middle hitter Riley Epperson has 219. The Indians dominated Raymond Lincolnwood in the sectional and Steeleville with their serving. Payson Seymour averages 3.6 aces per set, with Stanford (67) and libero Melina Tedrow (63) leading the team.

--David Adam

Sign up for Email Alerts