Girls Volleyball: Naperville Central downs West ChicagoMaddie Sianbekos (11) of Naperville Central tips the ball over West Chicago defenders Mary Kate Katarzynski (9) and Andrea Skipor as Redhawk teammate Annie Stock (1) backs her up. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 18, 2012 9:30PM
Naperville Central came out of Thursday’s DuPage Valley Conference victory over West Chicago “playoff-ready.”
The Redhawks topped the visiting Wildcats 25-16, 25-18 to wrap up second place in the final DuPage Valley Conference standings, one game behind conference champ West Aurora.
“This was a good step going into the playoffs,” Naperville Central coach Brie Isaacson said. “We came off a heartbreaking loss to Naperville North on Tuesday and we kept our focus with all the senior night excitement. I’m proud of the girls.”
Isaacson was especially pleased with the way the Redhawks (20-9) got off to a fast start in both sets, leading the race to ten points 10-5 and 10-3 to take control early.
“We set the tone in both sets and that is a sign that we’re ready for the playoffs,” Isaacson said.
“When we started the season our intent wasn’t second place. But we’re in a top conference and we have at least one DVC victory over both of our chief rivals West Aurora and Naperville North. And we’re a good senior team that got better as the season went on. We’ll take it.”
In Set 1, the Redhawks expanded their early lead to 14-6 and then never let the Wildcats (14-16, 3-11) get closer than five points away.
In the second set, the Redhawks dominated from the opening serve to match point, which came in the form of a kill by Sammy Condon.
“This is a great win for us, especially on senior night,” said Condon. “We’re going into the postseason working hard and getting better. We think we can go far.”
Alysia Baznik led the Redhawks with 12 kills and six digs. Condon had two kills and three blocks and Nikki Connors had three kills. Carly Wesolowski led with seven digs and Abbi Williamson registered 10 assists and four digs.
Nora Palermo had four kills and four digs for the Wildcats, while Devan Orr had three kills and four digs and Kayla Katarzynski led in digs with nine.
“We’ve been struggling the last half of the season,” West Chicago coach Kris Hasty said. “We’re not coming out 100 percent. We’ve definitely got to improve our blocking and our passing. We have to figure it out by the playoffs.”