IN THE CLASSROOM
2009 2010 Season
July 14, 2010Richmond Burton High School
2009 2010 Season Highlights for Varsity team:
Grayslake Tournament: 3rd Place Crystal Lake Invite: 2nd Place
MVP: Tracy Holian & Chloe Fiedler
Most improved: Jamie Lauten
Coaches awards: Caitlin Richert & Kim Russell
Sportsmandship award: Rachael Johnson
CL Central Regional: The Tigers defeated the Warhawks, 25-11, 25-5, & will face RB in the championship match Saturday. RB defeated Lakes, 25-14, 25-11, behind Choloe Fiedler's 7 kills & Tracy Holian's 16 assists. (NWHerald 10/30/09)
RB 2, Harvard 1: At Richmond, Tracy Holian had 25 assists & Caitlin Richert had 13 digs for the Rockets (15-14, 1, 4-5) in a BNC East match against the Hornets (17-12, 5-5). (NWHerald 10/21/10)
RB can't find rhythm by Maureen Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org RICHMOND - Inconsistent play has hampered Richmond-Burton's volleyball team, and Wednesday's match against Burlington Central underscored the problem.
While R-B dropped its first game to the Rockets decidedly, its play ebbed and flowed in Game 2, eventually losing the Big Northern Conference East Division match, 25-10, 25-19.
Although coach Kaycee Kane said she was pleased with the progress her team had made this season, she said communication and zero tolerance for mediocrity could make the Rockets more of a threat.
"We need to continue trying to play together," Kane said. "When they play together, this team can do amazing things. Serve-receive was certainly an issue with us tonight, but we just didn't stay consistent through the match."
Burlington Central senior outside hitter Stephanie Holthus contributed to the Rockets' demise. Holthus, ranked No. 31 in the nation by prepvolleyball.com, racked up eight kills against R-B (12-11 overall, 3-5 BNC East) and kept the Rockets off balance.
"We wanted to block her as best we could and I thought we got a lot of good blocks on her," R-B freshman middle hitter Kim Russell said. "She still got some good [kills]."
"We put a double block on her and tried to stay on her, block her on her cross shots," Kane said. "Then we focused on picking up the other hitters."
R-B's defense helped keep the remainder of Burlington's hitters under control, and it capitalized on their mistakes, especially in Game 2.
Burlington pulled out to a big lead early, 8-3, but R-B chipped away and forced the Rockets into a few errors to narrow the deficit to one, 10-9.
A kill that went out-of-bounds gave R-B their first lead of the match, 13-12, and two unforced errors coupled with a kill from Alexandra Callanan gave R-B a 16-12 advantage.
Burlington regrouped behind outside hitter Taylor Scully, who served four consecutive points to put Burlington up, 17-16. R-B errors and Burlington's Samantha Bohne's two aces sealed the Game 2 victory.
"We've become more consistent with our serving, more aggressive with our hitting and we've been smarter about where to put the ball on the court," Kane said. "We're covering a lot better than before. We just have to keep working on playing consistent and together."
Caitlin Richert had 10 digs while Russell finished with five kills for R-B. Tracy Holian racked up 12 assists. (NWHerald 10/15/09)
Vollyball: Harvard 2, R-B 0 by Maureen Lynch email@example.com
- Harvard volleyball coach Kelly Brierley entered the season with plenty of answers and one question mark.
Middle hitters: How could Harvard get them more involved in its offense?
The outside hitters and defense were established, and the Hornets expected to have a successful regular season with high postseason hopes.
But to quicken the offense, teams need an option at middle and it was apparent Wednesday against Richmond-Burton that the Hornets have made the proper adjustments.
With a speedy offense that kept R-B in check, the Hornets beat the Rockets, 25-22, 25-23, in a Big Northern Conference East Division match behind stellar play from middle blockers Shannon Ditsch and Megan Struck.
Standout outside hitter Ashleigh Fisher led the Hornets' attack with 12 kills, but her performances have been a Harvard signature the past two seasons; the addition of Struck and Ditsch gives the Hornets decidedly more depth.
"Every day during practice we work on getting them more involved and I think it's been working very well," Brierley said. "We had to make some adjustments, but when you want to make the offense quicker you have to have input from your middles and we're seeing that now."
Although, Struck (four kills) started on last season's team, Ditsch switched her position from setter to middle blocker and right-side hitter this year to compliment the Hornets' needs.
The transition has gone more smoothly than Ditsch expected, and freshman setter Katarina Rotta (16 assists) alleviated many passing concerns.
"In the beginning I felt like the [learning] process was slow and we kept setting the outsides because I don't think Katarina had a lot of confidence in me," said Ditsch, who finished with four kills and two blocks. "I think now, though, we're a lot more confident."
Harvard (14-5, 3-2) both started and finished its two games strong, while R-B used the opposite template - the Rockets rallied in both games, but could not pull out a win.
The Rockets (10-9, 1-3) trailed, 13-5, in Game 1, but chipped away, taking advantage of a few Hornets mistakes. Senior libero Caitlin Richert served three points to bring R-B within one, 17-16, and it took the lead, 20-19, behind junior right-side hitter Chloe Fiedler's kill.
Fisher closed out the first game with an ace and helped Harvard build a 8-3 advantage in Game 2 behind two kills and Struck's six service points. R-B clawed back again and made it a two-point game, 18-16, with Kimberly Russell's ace, and a one-point game, 21-20, behind Tara Anderson's kill, but the Rockets could not pull ahead.
"We weren't thinking about where we needed to put the ball and we got frazzled," R-B coach Kaycee Kane said. "We are really good at coming back, but we can't close out games. (NWHerald 10/1/09)
CL Central Tournament: RB (9-5) finished with a 4-1 record & took 2nd place. (NWHerald 9/13/09)
CL Central Invitational: RB went undefeated Friday, with wins against Woodstock & Marengo. The Rockets face Crystal Lake Central today. (NWHerald 9/12/09)
Wauconda 2, RB 0: At Richmond Tracy Holian led the Rockets with 8 assists, Caitlin Richert added 8 digs & Chloe Fiedler & Kim Russell each had 4 kills in a non-conference loss for the Rockets (4-3). (NWHerald 9/9/09)
RB 2, Antioch 1: @ Antioch, the Rockets rallied to with the 3rd game of their 25-10, 22-25, 25-12 non-conference win. Tracy Holian had 18 assists & 3 aces, & Chloe Fielder & Kim Russell each had 8 kills for RB (1-0). Caitlin Richert paced the Rockets' defense with 12 digs. (NWHerald 9/2/09)
Girls VB Season Preview Capsules: Richmond
Coach: Kathleen Kane, 2nd season
2008 results: 11-13 overall, 4-6 BNC East (5th)
Top Returners: Tracy Holian, sr., S; Chloe Fiedler, jr., RH; Ally Holian, sr., DS; Caitlin Richert, sr., DS; Tara Anderson, sr., OH.
Key Newcomers: Kim Russell, fr., MH; Nikki Zaobidny, jr., MH; Jamie Lauten, jr., OH.
Noteworthy: The Rockets' defense should be quicker, Kane said, and the front row will be stronger as blockers & hitters. Kane also believes her team's camaraderie is better than ever, giving the Rockets a good chance at being competitive in the BNC East. (NWHerald 8/20/09)