Geneva sophomore girls volleyball player Ally Barrett committed to Connecticut this week, happily ending her college recruitment before it risked consuming her.
“I was hoping to commit at some point this spring, because it’s the general time when a lot of sophomores commit for volleyball,” Barrett said Tuesday. “I was … grateful to get with a school that I love so much. It can be kind of exhausting with everyone talking to you about it.”
A 6-foot-1 outside hitter, Barrett has been a key cog in the Vikings’ attack for the past two seasons.
A number of her coaches at Marengo-based Club Fusion have ties to UConn’s program, namely Huskies assistant Ed Tolentino.
Barrett visited the Storrs, Connecticut, campus earlier this month.
“The school in general is very prestigious academically, and I loved the coaches,” Barrett said. “They were really great.”
Batavia 8, Elgin 2: At Batavia, Sean Townsend went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to boost Batavia (8-10, 7-3 Upstate Eight Conference River Division). Steve Busby and Tyler Kledzik both had two hits and two RBIs. Evan Acosta struck out 12 in six innings.
Geneva 2, Larkin 1 (9 inn.): At Elgin, Bret Reed, Jack McCloughan and Nick Porretto struck out 13 batters in a combined five-hitter for Geneva (9-7, 6-5 UEC River). Reed struck out nine in six innings of one-run ball. Jack Wassel had three of the Vikings’ 13 hits.
Kaneland 4, Yorkville 0: At Yorkville, Colton Fellows spaced two walks and three strikeouts in a complete-game four-hitter for Kaneland. Jacob Violett had a hit and an RBI, while Joe Laudont walked twice, scored twice and stole a base. The Knights (12-7, 7-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) can sweep the crucial conference series at home Thursday.
Burlington Central 18, Johnsburg 9: At Johnsburg, Ryan Anderson and Max Judnic homered for BC (16-3, 8-0 Big Northern Conference East).
St. Charles East 16, Streamwood 0: At Streamwood, Kelly Rinker’s four hits and three RBIs sparked East (17-9, 9-2 UEC River). Alex Latoria and Molly McGovern added three RBIs apiece.
St. Charles North 11, Elgin 1: At Elgin, Sam Hausl homered twice and drove in two runs for North (14-3, 9-2 UEC River). Allison Hausl added a home run and two doubles, while Maddie Webb threw a three-hitter.
Riverside-Brookfield 12, Wheaton Academy 1 (6 inn.): At Brookfield, Andi Pivaronas had two hits for 8-5 Wheaton Academy.
St. Charles East 12, Larkin 1: At Elgin, Darcy Cunningham’s hat trick helped East (14-0, 5-0 UEC River) remain unbeaten.
St. Charles North 8, Elgin 0: At St. Charles, North (10-2-1, 4-0 UEC River) opened the scoring on Lizzie Parrilli’s penalty kick eight minutes in and didn’t look back. Madison Kaufmann and Raine Roberts both scored twice.
Batavia 5, West Chicago 1: At Batavia, Batavia (10-1-3, 5-1 UEC River) distanced itself from a 1-all halftime tie to earn a home win. Alexis Bryl converted a penalty kick, while Megan McEachern had a hat trick.
Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 1: At Rockford, Elizabeth Gousios scored two second-half goals on assists from Jordan King – including the winner with 4:21 remaining – for Central (12-2, 7-1 BNC East).
St. Charles North 7, Geneva 0: At Geneva, North’s top two doubles teams – Luke Dunteman and Matt Ernst at No. 1 and Trevor Kurtzhals and Tom Ninan at No. 2 – both earned three-set victories. Matt Kramer defeated Mike Guffey, 6-1, 6-1, at second singles.
Batavia 7, Streamwood 0: At Batavia, Adam Maris won, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 singles as Batavia rolled in its home opener.
Marmion wins triangular: At Aurora, Marmion scored 99.5 team points to defeat Glenbard East (48.5) and IMSA (29). The Cadets’ Isaiah Brown won the long jump with an effort of 20 feet, and also earned the top time in the 400 meters with a 52.52.
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Conant 9, St. Charles North 5: At St. Charles, Katie Quinn had a hat trick for 16-5-1 North.