The Chargers vs. the Raiders

Girls varsity volleyball takes on Dundee Crown for their Senior Night.

By Brendan Busky

Oct. 18 was a very eventful night for many people. Friends, family and Raider Nation came to watch the Senior Night for girls volleyball. They were cheering, screaming and shouting. There was a lot of emotion in the last home game for the girls.

Ranked 18th in the state, Huntley was looking to stay undefeated in the Fox Valley Conference, taking on Dundee Crown. The starting lineup for the night was Luma Acevedo, Ally Panzloff, Kendall Gallaugher, Maddie Moran, Emily Willis and Maggie Duyos. The team’s head coach is Karen Naymola, and the assistant coach is Henry Soltesz.

Each of the seniors had a speech written for them before the game which had everyone on the team in tears. People also made signs to help encourage and support the girls in the game.

The team won in dominant fashion with the first set being 25-12 and the second set being 25-18. So far, they have won every one of their games in the FVC in the first two sets.

“Senior Night can be a roller coaster of emotions, and I thought the girls did a really good job,” Naymola said. 

Starting off the game strong really helped the Raiders gain momentum and helped Huntley win the first set 25-12.

“Maddie Moran started us off with three aces which set the tone and gave us a nice lead,” Naymola said. 

Huntley had many good features which helped them pull off their victory. The team’s defense allowed 12 points in the first set and 18 in the second set.

“We have improved on our blocking a lot,” Georgia Watson said. 

Senior Avary Deblieck performed well, and her transitioning was very good tonight with seven kills.

“I think I focused on transitioning quicker tonight,” Deblieck said. “That’s what I have been working on in practice.”  

The night was a great success and the last home game for the seniors. Huntley won the game, so the Raiders are headed into the final conference match with a record of 17-0.