Tuesday night, Huntley’s girls volleyball team hosted Jacob’s Golden Eagles for a conference rivalry matchup. Much to everyone’s surprise, Jacobs took a quick 4-1 lead during match one, however Huntley was able to come back from their slow start with big plays from sophomore Taylor Jakubowski, and a big spike from junior Marissa Deem. Huntley ended up winning match one with a score of 25-16 Red Raiders, after that they easily handled business in match two ending with a score of 25-17 Red Raiders sweeping the Golden Eagles in two matches instead of the typical three. Because of the win the Red Raiders now have a Fox Valley Conference record of 10-1 and an overall record of 12-4 moving the Golden Eagles to a disappointing conference record of 1-10 and a 3-13 overall record.
The Red Raiders had easy control of match two, beginning the contest with a 4-1 lead of their own. A spike from junior Loren Alberts is what really broke the match open making the score 13-8. Huntley won match two 25-17. Sophomore Josie Schmitendorf and junior Sarah Zayas both had big plays in match two.
Much of the success is thanks to lone senior Aleah Amelio, who showed great leadership.
“Our team is close and we know when to pick each other up. When one player is down we know how to pick them up,” Amelio said.
With Amelio and Zayas showing great leadership as the team’s captains, it’s no wonder the Red Raiders are having such a great season this year.
“This group of girls has been consistent all year. They are girls who know how to comeback, and keep playing aggressive the whole game,” Coach Karen Naymola said.
Huntley remains at second place in the Fox Valley Conference, and will be hosting another big conference rival the Cary-Grove Trojans (whose conference record is 7-5 ) on Thursday night. If Huntley wants to keep up with the Crystal Lake Central Tigers, then they are going to have to keep up their winning ways.