Fresh off the best season in program history and the loss of 10 seniors, the Fenwick High School girls volleyball team won a couple of matches to open the season.
The Friars, who finished 24-12 in 2015 en route to a supersectional appearance, defeated Willowbrook 25-18, 25-15 last week in their season opener.
Margaret Planek (12 kills), McKenzie Moorman (7 kills, 3 blocks), Liz Stehlik (5 kills, 3 blocks) and Katie McAllister (5 aces) powered Fenwick to victory.
The Friars added a 17-25, 25-15, 25-23 win at Addison Trail as Planek and Moorman had 11 and 9 kills, respectively.
“Beating Addison Trail was an excellent preseason match for us,” Fenwick coach Kathleen O’Laughlin said. “It was great to pull a match out like that at this point in the season. Our girls showed a lot of heart and fight. Moorman and Planek stepped up and took charge in the third game.
“We have nine new faces in the varsity lineup. We also bring back some key players (Planek, Moorman, Mary Marzo) who will now have to step into much bigger and more dynamic roles.”
Fenwick girls tennis
Although rain hindered the Friars’ match play, the team managed to squeeze in a pair of 4-1 dual match wins against Homewood-Flossmoor and Cary-Grove.
No. 1 singles player Haley Fakouri and No. 1 doubles team Ceci Walsh/Bella Burdi both went 2-0. Versatile Anna Hendricks earned a pair of victories, a three-set win at No. 2 singles against Homewood-Flossmoor and a No. 3 doubles win with partner Gabrielle Cone against Cary-Grove.
Corinne Joss, Maria Krug, Brook LePore, Jacqueline Gau and Shannon Hayes also contributed for Fenwick.
“The team successfully overcame some first-match nerves,” coach Gerard Sullivan said. “They were able to win 3 of 4 three-set matches.”
The Blazers finished first at the Trial on the Trail, hosted by Elmwood Park High School. Hailey Hansen also placed first (in the individual standings) for the Blazers with a time of 12 minutes, 19 seconds. Emma Creviston (3rd/12:42) and Alyssa Jimenez (6th/13:36) were the team’s other top finishers.
Nazareth boys soccer
The Roadrunners remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over Muchin College Prep in their first game at the Lasallian Cup. At the 21st minute mark of the match, senior Edin Galvez scored off a penalty kick. After Muchin tied the score at 1-all, Galvez struck again with the game-winning goal from 18 yards out in the 55th minute of the game.
Nazareth (5-0) had nine shots on goal while Muchin managed only three
Fenwick boys soccer
The Friars are off to a 1-2 start this fall with all three matches at the Windy City tourney at Reavis High School. After losing a couple of close matches to Lincoln-Way West and U-High, Fenwick bounced back with a 2-1 win over TF United. Junior Mike Cerceo scored the game-winner.
LTHS boys golf
In dual match action, the Lions edged Naperville North 152-156 and also defeated Hinsdale South 150-171.
At the St. Viator Invite at Old Orchard,the Lions placed fifth with a score 307, trailing only champion St. Viator (300), Normal (304), St. Charles East (304) and Wheaton-Warrenville South (305). Top scorers for LTHS were: Griffin Wasz 72, Patrick Akaniroj 76, Bryce Mitchell 78, and Max Campbell 81.
“This team could be average, good, or real good,” LTHS coach Brian Kopecky said. “The team has to be more consistent in practice and when competing. They have been giving away to many strokes.”