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High school volleyball insider: McHenry's Liz Alsot is Athlete of the Week; notes and games to watch

Athlete of the Week

Liz Alsot

McHenry, sr., OH

Alsot, who recently committed to play basketball at NCAA Division-II University of Indianapolis, had 24 kills, nine aces and 12 blocks for the Warriors at the Lisle Invitational. McHenry won all five matches there, improving to 8-2 on the season.

Alsot also had eight kills and four blocks in a 25-15, 25-20 Fox Valley Conference win over Dundee-Crown. In a three-set loss to Crystal Lake Central, she had six kills and six blocks.

Alsot is tied with Paige Hale for the team lead with 48 kills and leads with 25 blocks.

Noteworthy

Thrilling victory: Marengo needed to dig extra deep against Richmond-Burton – the defending Kishwaukee River Conference champion – last Thursday after dropping the first set, 25-21. The Indians took the second set, 25-19, and outlasted the Rockets in the third, 32-20.

Newcomer Lillie Simons had a team-high eight blocks with nine kills, Emma Euker had eight kills, Celia Calbow added six kills and an ace, and setter Abi Vito had 33 assists, two kills and an ace.

With the win, Marengo improved to 2-0 in the KRC and enters the week in a first-place tie with Burlington Central. A year ago, the Indians won only three conference games and nine overall.

After going 3-2 at the Round Lake Tournament on Saturday, Marengo is 7-4 overall.

Impressive start: After losing its first match of the season to Antioch, Johnsburg has won eight in a row. The Skyhawks (8-1) are currently in a stretch of three matches against Woodstock schools.

Johnsburg beat Marian Central, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, and swept Woodstock, 25-13, 25-16, in the KRC opener. The Skyhawks host Woodstock North Tuesday. Johnsburg went 8-4 in KRC play last season – tied for second place – with more than half of their total wins (15) in conference.

This week's top matches

Huntley at McHenry

6 p.m. Tuesday

McHenry and Huntley clashed in one of the area's best matches last season. In that one, Huntley survived three match points to outlast McHenry, 25-21, 25-27, 27-25, in a Class 4A Harlem Regional final. It would have marked the Warriors' first regional championship since 1997.

Johnsburg at Marengo

6 p.m. Thursday

The Skyhawks and Indians own the two best winning percentages in the KRC, and both appear to be legitimate conference contenders. The winner might have a leg up in the KRC race, although it is still very early.

Prairie Ridge at Crystal Lake Central

6 p.m. Thursday

The Tigers had the Wolves' number last season, defeating them twice in FVC play and again in a Class 4A Huntley Sectional semifinal (25-21, 25-21). This early-season matchup between Crystal Lake schools is equally important for both team's conference title chances.

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