MONTICELLO – For Chelsea Barr, there is only one appropriate grading scale to evaluate her performance on the volleyball court.
It's pass or fail.
LISLE – If there were any question about how good the Centennial girls' volleyball team is this season, the Chargers answered any doubters with a third-place finish in the Benet Academy Invite at Benedictine University.
"We've never finished this high," said Centennial coach Stan Bergman, after the Chargers finished 12th last year. "I believe we're a competitive team with a lot of heart."
HUME – Tri-County's volleyball team sports a look of uniformity, from matching shoes to similar hairstyles.
Also helping the Titans look alike: Every player on the team is within 3 inches of one another.
DANVILLE – In the recent past, Urbana volleyball was known for losing more matches than it won. This year, the Tigers are headed in a different direction. What the team is losing now is its "can't-win" moniker.
Coach Colleen Madera's squad went above the .500 mark in Big 12 Conference play Tuesday, overpowering Danville 25-21, 25-18. The team's 11th win is the most by an Urbana volleyball team in the past decade.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial's volleyball team is unbeaten, but it's not perfect.
The Chargers overcame uncharacteristic hitting errors Tuesday night and subdued Champaign rival Central 25-20, 25-23 at Combes Gymnasium for their 16th consecutive win.
URBANA – Fisher volleyball coach Lindsey Ideus learned something about her varsity team Monday: Even short-handed, the Bunnies are still competitive.
With two athletes from her regular rotation sidelined with illness or injury, other squad members found themselves in expanded roles.
TOLONO – Check out the Unity volleyball roster and Nichelle Mortenson stands out.
She's the only senior on the team.
BISMARCK – On a volleyball team with veteran hitters and a veteran setter, there is a relative newcomer.
Senior Callie Wagoner fulfills a role for Bismarck-Henning's unbeaten Blue Devils which is as important as those of her experienced teammates.
DANVILLE – First, you notice the power.
Then, you notice the aggressiveness.
Amy Cromchak had 12 digs, but host Atwood-Hammond fell to Argenta-Oreana 25-14, 25-14.