Prep Volleyball

Class 2A volleyball state tournament profiles

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 12:05 am Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 10:24 pm

Newton

Coach: Jill Kistner (142-43, 5th season)

Record: 31-7

State Tournament Appearances: 1990 (Class A, lost in quarterfinals).

Scouting the Eagles: Newton won 10 of its first 16 games but has lost just one of its last 22. The Eagles lost three times to Edwards County, which was upset by Tri-County in the sectional semifinals. Newton defeated Tri-County 25-10, 25-22 in the sectional final. Abby Frohning, a 5-foot-8 senior, leads the Eagles with 366 kills, and she's had at least 12 kills in each of the past four postseason games. Ali Bierman, a 5-10 junior, and Mariah Earnest, a 5-9 senior, have combined for 105 blocks. Last year's team had a 35-4 record and lost to Belleville Althoff in the super-sectional.

Champaign St. Thomas More

Coach: Stan Bergman (90-25, 3rd season)

Record: 37-3

State Tournament Appearances: First.

Scouting the Sabers: St. Thomas More started 7-2, then won 30 of the next 31 games. Its only loss was to Payson Seymour in the finals of its own tournament. The Sabers lost to Tri-Valley in August but avenged that loss in the sectional. Their only other loss was to Maroa-Forsyth. St. Thomas won 23 straight games and defeated seven regional champions. Mica Allison, a 6-foot senior, leads the team with 307 kills. She has signed to play next season at Auburn, and she was a member of the United States team that played in the under-18 World Championships in Argentina in August. The Sabers have five other players who have at least 123 kills.

Elgin Harvest Christian

Coach: Mike Bui (57-22, 2nd season)

Record: 29-11

State Tournament Appearances: First.

Scouting the Lions: Harvest Christian has been in existence since the 2011-12 school year, and it has won at least 24 games and reached the super-sectional for six straight years. The Lions finally broke through last Friday, defeating Galena 25-15, 25-23 in the super-sectional on its home court. Amanda Cassidy leads the team with 283 kills. The Lions are an aggressive serving team with 428 aces (4.8 per set). Harvest Christian has played schedule a loaded with Class 4A teams (Lisle Benet, Wheaton Warrenville South, Neuqua Valley), Chicago Latin (3A quarterfinalist), Arlington Heights St. Viator (3A semifinalist) and Newark (1A semifinalist).

Quincy Notre Dame

Coach: Rich Meyer (203-57-1, 7th season)

Record: 32-8

State Tournament Appearances: 2nd in 1977, 1st in 1978, 1979, 1st in 1980, 3rd in 1982, 2nd in 1983, 1984, 1993, 1st in 1998, 2nd in 1999, 2nd in 2001, 2003, 1st in 2011.

Scouting the Raiders: A late-season lineup change and a difficult schedule are two big reasons why QND is in the state tournament for the 14th time. The move of Hannah Peters to libero and the insertion of sophomores Taylor Keck and Meredith Siebers into the lineup improved the Raiders' defense and helped their blocking. Sophomore Sydney Hummert has 359 kills, while middle hitters Molly Penn (124 blocks) and Monica Brown (137 blocks) have been solid defenders. Seven of the Raiders' losses were to Class 3A and Class 4A teams with 20-plus victories, and the other loss was to Class 1A semifinalist Payson Seymour.

-- David Adam

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