Crystal Lake Central sweeps Wauconda in volleyball season opener

WAUCONDA – After several weeks of camps, tryouts, and practices, Crystal Lake Central finally got to play a volleyball match against another team. It was the Tigers' first match of the season, but they showed little rust as Central defeated Wauconda 25-21, 25-14 in a nonconference match Wednesday at Wauconda High School.

After a 32-5 season in which the Tigers (1-0) won the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division, Central has a lot to prove after losing 10 players to graduation. If the match against Wauconda was any indication, the Tigers haven’t lost a beat. 

Central showed little rust in their season opener as the Tigers got off to a fast 6-1 lead. The Bulldogs gained a little momentum later in Game 1, and Wauconda took its first lead of the game at 18-17. The teams alternated the next few points. With the game tied at 21, a huge kill by Megan Kelly put the Tigers up 22-21, and Central scored the next three points to win, 25-21.

For Tigers coach Lisa Brunstrum, Wednesday’s match couldn’t come fast enough.

“We’ve been doing nothing but practice for almost three weeks now, and it was nice to finally compete against another team,” Brunstrum said. “This was a great first match. We are a young team, and it was nice to get off to a fast start. We did a lot of things well but also have some things to work on.”

Game 2 was pretty much all Central. Wauconda battled early, tying the game at nine, and then the Tigers pulled away. Central had seven straight service points from Sarah Adams.

Central dominated the net, led by Mackenzie Allen with 11 kills.

“Both teams played hard tonight, but I guess in the end we fought a little harder,” Allen said. “We’ve been working very hard at practice the past few weeks. This team has a lot of new faces, and we are ready to keep the Tiger tradition alive.”