Wauconda too much for Vernon Hills

Updated: March 22, 2011 5:10PM

They danced at practices. They sang.

And told jokes.

"Fun bunch," said Vernon Hills High School coach Abbie Gutzmer of her

Cougars after a Class 3A Grayslake Central Sectional semifinal Tuesday


"So many different personalities," she added. "Fun, really fun."

But Gutzmer's entertaining crew did not boogie, warble and crack folks up

Tuesday. VH (20-18) lost 25-14, 25-19 to Wauconda, three days after becoming

the first squad in program history to capture a regional title.

"We could not get anything rolling," said Gutzmer. "Wauconda had something

to do with that; Wauconda served tough."

Outside hitter Alisa Welter, one of four VH seniors, paced the Cougars'

attack with seven kills; sophomore Jasmine Tamalunas was 19-of-23 setting

with nine assists; and junior Julie Pecht reached for a team-best seven


"We lose only four (seniors)," added Gutzmer. "But those will be tough


Wauconda (20-17) faces Grayslake Central (26-12) for a sectional title Nov.

4 at 7 p.m. Neither program has ever won a sectional championship.

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