Volleyball

High school volleyball insider: Notes, power rankings and what to watch

Taylor Jakubowski, Huntley
Taylor Jakubowski, Huntley

Huntley's Taylor Jakubowski accomplished what might be the rarest feat in volleyball last week, serving and scoring all 25 points in the opening set of a 25-0, 25-11 win over Yorkville Christian during pool play of the Huntley Invitational.

Red Raiders coach Karen Naymola has never seen a player from her team or any other serve the equivalent of a perfect game in volleyball.

Those types of records aren't even kept by the IHSA.

"I've heard about it in a JV game years ago, but never in my coaching career have I had an athlete score 25," Naymola said. "I was mixing her (serving) zones up like crazy, and for 25 points, she served consistently.

"Defensively, we didn't let anything come back over."

Huntley's four-year captain and setter is chasing an even more prominent record.

Currently, Jakubowski ranks third all-time in state history with 3,244 career assists. The state record is held by Sandburg's Sarah Kwasigroch, who tallied 3,659 assists from 2001 to 2004.

Jakubowski, who committed to Seton Hall as a sophomore, is only the seventh player in state history to reach 3,000 career assists, according to records on IHSA.org. Normal University's Anne Butts is second on the all-time list with 3,408 assists, a number that is within reach for Jakubowski.

Before the postseason starts, Huntley has three FVC matches remaining against Prairie Ridge, Hampshire and Burlington Central. The Raiders will also play five matches this weekend at the Glenbard East Autumnfest Tournament.

Postseason: IHSA postseason pairings were announced last week. Huntley is the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Dundee-Crown Sectional and Crystal Lake Central is the top seed in the 3A Crystal Lake South Sectional.

The Raiders have won three straight regional titles but haven't won a sectional title since 2001. The Tigers have won four straight regional championships, with all four of those coming in 4A.

Cary-Grove earned the No. 2 seed in the 4A Gurnee Sectional. Prairie Ridge, a state semifinalist last year in 4A and Woodstock, which went 10-0 to win the Kishwaukee River Conference title, both received No. 2 seeds in the 3A South Sectional. Marengo is a No. 3 seed in the Class 2A Genoa-Kingston Sectional.

NORTHWEST HERALD POWER RANKINGS

1. Huntley (23-4): The Raiders finished second in their own tournament Saturday and suffered their first conference loss of the season to Crystal Lake Central, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, on Tuesday. Huntley is now 14-1 in the FVC with three matches to go against Prairie Ridge, Hampshire and Burlington Central.

2. Crystal Lake Central (25-2): The Tigers certainly have a good case to be No. 1 after beating Huntley and splitting the season series, but Central still trails the FVC leaders by a match with a 13-2 record. The Tigers end their conference schedule against Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown and McHenry.

3. Cary-Grove (22-10): The Trojans surprised Central with a 25-21, 25-16 victory on Thursday, and beat McHenry, 25-20, 25-13, on Tuesday. C-G is third in the FVC at 12-3 with matches left against Hampshire, Jacobs and Prairie Ridge.

4. Woodstock (25-2): The Blue Streaks defeated Harvard to complete a perfect season in the Kishwaukee River Conference at 10-0. The 25 wins are their most since 2007 when they went 27-10.

5. Prairie Ridge (14-13): The Wolves swept Hampshire and Jacobs, moving to 9-6 in the FVC. Prairie Ridge went 2-3 at the St. Charles East Scholastic Cup and placed 10th out of 20 teams.

WHAT TO WATCH

Prairie Ridge at Huntley, 6 p.m. Thursday: A win for Huntley would bring the Raiders closer to their first FVC title since 2016. A win for Prairie Ridge would open things up for both Central and C-G.

Glenbard East Autumnfest, Friday and Saturday: Huntley, Prairie Ridge and Crystal Lake South are among the teams competing at the 24-team event, which also includes Benet and Mother McAuley.

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