St. Charles North (7-1) enjoyed a solid week of big wins over tough nonconference foes, topping Benet 25-21, 25-21 and Prairie Ridge 28-26, 25-22.
Katie Lanz pounded five aces in the match against Prairie Ridge, while Kyla Lannert added two. GiGi Crescenzo led the team with nine kills, and Lanz followed with eight. Lannert swatted three, and Brigid McCarthy and Cailey Johns each had one. Maddie Gorniak and Crescenzo had 14 digs apiece.
After an 0-3 showing in pool play, the Bulldogs turned up the heat on Sept. 1 at the Jacobs Invitational.
In a Silver division semifinal, Batavia (4-8) faced Grant and won 25-12, 25-15. In the division’s championship match against Jacobs, Batavia prevailed 25-21, 25-23.
For the tournament, Maddy Boyer led the team with 24 kills, 33 digs and five blocks. Becca Robinson had six aces and 56 set assists. Alexis Whelpley had five blocks, and Lauren Haefer had five kills and 28 digs.
The Lady Knights (9-3), who are on a six-match win streak, had a solid showing at the Centennial High School tournament over the weekend, winning first place. Kaneland defeated host Centennial 25-18, 25-15, Champaign Central 25-23, 25-14, Monticello 25-15, 25-18, Rantoul 26-12, 25-10 and Rochester 25-22, 25-22.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Kaneland raced to a third-place finish at the Crystal Lake South invite Sept. 1. Knights junior Daniel Occhipinti finished third (16:48.7), and senior Jacob Wielgos was 16th (17:51.1).
St. Charles North
The North Stars took second at the inaugural St. Charles Soccer Tournament over the weekend. Elgin took first, while St. Charles East placed third. North had victories over Leyden, Plainfield Central and Maine South by a combined 10-2 before falling in the championship game 3-1 on Sept. 1. Matthew Beaulieu had at least three goals dating to Aug. 27. Logan Michels had two.