Girls Volleyball: Warren, Grayslake North advance to regional finalWarren players (from left) Stephanie Karlovicks, Rachel Ziegler, Danielle Buschick, Haley Mazurik, Jamie Dickinson and Lisiann Rodriguez react as they win the last point winning their regional volleyball match against Zion at Grayslake North. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 23, 2012 9:07PM
If you like close, competitive volleyball matches, Grayslake North was the place to be Tuesday.
Though both sectional semifinal matches ended in just two games, the difference between winning and losing was paper-thin.
In the opener, host Grayslake North squeaked by McHenry 25-23, 25-23 in a match in which the teams were never separated by more than four points at any time.
In the second semifinal match, Warren topped Zion-Benton 25-22, 25-22 in another cliffhanger.
Grayslake North (13-24) and Warren (19-17) square off Thursday at 6 p.m. for the title.
Grayslake North was led to victory by Stefani Keilwitz (eight digs), Lisa Lowry (16 assists, eight digs) and Kelsey Klausner (six kills).
“We built a lot of energy last night (win over Grant) and that helped carry us tonight,” said Knights standout Joanna Guhl. “We stayed true to our game plan and we stayed focused.
“It also helped to have our home fans coming out and supporting us.”
McHenry finished 11-23.
Jaime Dickinson (8 kills) led Warren to victory.
“We feel like we should win this regional,” said Dickinson. “We need to talk, move our feet and play with the energy tonight on Thursday.”
Warren coach Julie Filippo has managed to get her team peaking at the right time.
“We’ve started to play better,” the coach said. “I’d still like to see more communication, but they’re starting to play better as a team. I also think the seniors realize that this is it for them.”
Warren finished third in last weekend’s Crosstown Classic (county tourney) and is on a roll for the first time this season.
Zion-Benton finished 12-23. The Zee-Bees were led by Megan Crane (six kills), who will play next year at NCAA Division II North Michigan University.