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Area roundup: Minooka volleyball team wins Mizuno Cup

AURORA – Minooka’s girls volleyball team continued its winning ways by taking first place in St. Charles East’s Mizuno Cup. The 25-1 Indians, who’ve won 21 straight matches, beat Bloomington, Hinsdale Central, Edwardsville and Naperville Central in two sets before capturing a 21-25, 25-19, 25-22 victory over Benet Academy for the championship.

Alli Papesh (58 kills, 29 digs, 10 aces) was the tournament MVP. Other all-tournament picks were Rocky Perinar (47 kills, 16 blocks, 38 digs) and Taylor Baranski (71 digs, four aces), who got her 1,000th dig. Holly Bonde (24 kills, 22 blocks, 36 digs, three aces), Zoey Seput (139 assists, 20 digs, 10 blocks) and Olivia Klank (20 blocks, 10 kills) were other leaders.

Lincoln-Way Central went 2-3 to finish in 12th place. The Knights, who beat Plainfield Central and Muskego, Wis., in two sets but lost to Lincoln-Way East in three, were led by Kylie Kulinski (49 assists, 33 kills, 20 digs, five aces) and Lucy Chesla (55 digs, three aces).

Joliet West 25-25, Romeoville 19-15: The Tigers (19-7, 6-4) were led by Jenny Koerner (10 kills, three blocks, six assists), Emma Baxter (six aces, 12 digs), Chinyere Agba (six blocks) and Natalie Stefanski (13 assists, two blocks, seven digs).

Bradley-Bourbonnais 25-19-25, Lincoln-Way West 19-25-17: Kirsten Leitshuh (11 kills, 11 digs), Brianna Knezz (nine kills) and Noellle Knezz (18 assists, seven kills) led the Warriors.


Bremen Invite: Lincoln-Way Central used a first-place effort from Jared Kreis (15:32) to beat Joliet Central 28-40 for the title. Other leaders for the Knights were Andrew Englert (fourth, 15:50), Zak Hutchinson (sixth, 16:26), Nate Rittenbacher (eighth, 16:36) and Jackson Burriss (ninth, 16:45). Leading the Steelmen were Oscar Tejeda (second, 15:45), Julian Mines (third, 15:50) and Jay Dworak (seventh, 16:30).

Rich Central Invite: Lincoln-Way West’s Jonathan Stiglic (16:24) claimed first place while Lemont’s Andrew Deuschle (16:58) took third. The Indians beat the Warriors 95-108 for third.


Rich Central Invite: Lemont edged Lincoln-Way West 73-74 for second place. Leading the Indians were Julianne McClatchy (sixth, 19:57) and Jaycee Schickel (tenth, 20:15) while the Warriors were led by Isabelle Gryga (third, 19:54) and Jenna Fiore (eighth, 20:13).


Joliet West 2, Joliet Central 1: Leo Haro and Alex Escamilla scored goals for the Tigers.

Lincoln-Way West 2, Lincoln-Way Central 1: Brock Krohe scored twice for the Warriors.

Marist 5, Providence 3: Cam Cutler, Scottie Slocum and Silvio Gkizas all had goals.


Lewis 25-25-23-25, Truman State 18-13-25-16: Elizabeth Hyland (17 kills, 16 digs), Alexandra Preuss (11 kills, 19 digs), Abby Becker (46 assists) and Caroline Stefanon (seven blocks) led the No. 3 Flyers (17-1, 9-0). In a 3-0 win over William Jewell, Lewis’ leaders were Preuss (nine kills), Hyland (eight kills), Maddie Seliga (seven kills), Haley Sobieralski (20 assists) and Ronni Katarzynski (15 digs).

St. Francis goes 2-2: The Saints beat Trinity International and St. Ambrose 3-2 and lost to Cardinal Stritch and Saint Xavier 3-1 in the CCAC Crossover. USF was led by Taylor Valant (46 kills), Brenna Perinar (35 kills), Darian Baldwin (86 assists), Makenna Bartecki (55 assists), Leah Alles (90 digs) and Brooklyn Withey (14 blocks).


Lewis 3, Indianapolis 2: The Flyers (8-3, 7-2) won their fifth in a row when Nico Mueller scored late off an assist from John Horstman. Floris Blom and Dorian Moreno also scored while Devon Amoo-Mensah and Horstman added assists on their team’s first goal.


Trinity International 1, St. Francis 0: Jessica Kiely made six saves for the Saints.

Indianapolis 1, Lewis 0: Jennifer Meyer had seven saves for the Flyers.

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