Girls Volleyball: Lemont aims for second straight conference title

Updated: October 15, 2012 8:58PM

Earning the No. 1 seed at the Class 4A Romeoville Regional, Lemont will begin the playoffs Oct. 23 in a regional semifinal.

For now, though, the Indians are focused on a different goal.

Looking to defend its South Suburban Blue title, Lemont sits at 10-1 in conference matches. T.F. South (10-2) is giving the Indians little breathing room.

“It’s not sewn up,” Lemont coach Chris Zogata said. “We need to win both our matches this week.

“We’re still focused on winning conference.”

Lemont will play at Shepard, undefeated in conference, on Tuesday and at Hillcrest on Thursday. T.F. South has only one remaining conference match and will host Bremen on Thursday.

“Shepard is undefeated on the other side (South Suburban Red) so this is an important match for us,” Zogata said. “Worst case, we tie for conference, but we want it outright.”

Lemont improved to 21-12 overall after this weekend’s Glenbard East Tournament. Zogata identified Kylie Rendak (156 kills) and Haley Sullivan (177 digs) as playing especially well for the Indians.

No time out for Joliet West

In a 25-19, 25-16 win over rival Joliet Central, Joliet West coach Al Mart did his best to show his faith in the team.

How did he do it? He sat down.

“I didn’t have to call a timeout in a tight situation,” Mart said. “They were able to do it themselves (and pull through). That was a big moment, and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”

The Tigers recently have been boosted by the return of sophomore Elexis Coleman, who missed the first month of the season for medical reasons.

Last season’s team leader in kills and blocks, Coleman earned all-tournament honors at the Lake Forest Tournament, which the Tigers won.

“Elexis is finding a role, and in the past week she’s started to get into her form,” Mart said. “Without her, kids realized they had to step up and take some of that on. This is our team.”

Setter Katie Brick and middle Jalyn Vertin both played exceptionally well in Coleman’s absence.

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