Balanced Lakes opens strongLakes' Emily Aigner (center) spikes one as Waukegan's Juana Mondragon (left) and Kayla Poole wait to defend during their volleyball match at Waukegan. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 25, 2011 10:40PM
So far this season, Lakes has owned the lakefront.
The Eagles opened their season with a solid win over Zion-Benton, which they followed Thursday with a 25-8, 25-15 thumping of host Waukegan.
Now, the team has more than a week off to practice before getting into the teeth of its schedule.
The Lakes team doesn’t have any big stars, but there are no weak links at any spots on the floor.
They are one of those teams in which the total is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
“It’s been a good first week. The nice thing about this team is we’re very deep. We don’t rely on one star player,” said Eagles coach Molly May. “The whole team has worked really hard this summer, and it’s showing. We’re hoping it continues to show.”
Putting up nice numbers against Waukegan were Rachel Sieracke (six kills, 10 assists), Emily Aigner (four kills), Alex Silvola (four kills), Megan Merges (three kills) and Lindsay Meverden (three kills).
Lakes had 10 aces in the match, led by Silvola’s four.
“They enjoy playing together,” said May, a second-year coach. “They trust each other. That’s going to play a big part in how far we’re able to go.
“One of our goals is to compete for a division title. We also want to get past the first regional game this year.”
Over on the other side, Waukegan is now 0-3, adding this loss to setbacks against Mundelein and Grant.
Despite the loss, Waukegan seemed to display determination to get better.
During the match, they let seven reachable balls hit the floor. After the loss, the players took it upon themselves to run “ladders” on the basketball court to show they understood they have to play better.
“They have to make a decision as a team where they want to go from here,” Bulldogs coach Rachel Wiatrowski said. “That they came out here and ran shows the loss matters to them.
“I’m proud of them.”