SouthtownStar’s girls volleyball notebook

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Hannah Henderson has contributed a lot to Stagg athletics in volleyball, basketball and soccer.

The versatility doesn’t end there.

The 5-foot-7 senior can play outside hitter, middle hitter and right-side hitter.

She is second on the team in kills (129), digs (72) and blocks (23) and third in service points (58).

“Hannah is a kid you want 15 of on your team,” Stagg coach Deanna Storino said. “I have never seen that kid in a bad mood. She is always positive, and that’s a really hard thing to do in sports and as an adolescent.”

A right side as a junior cohort to Alexa Janus, Storino wanted to move Henderson to the middle for her senior season. But the coach asked first.

“Her response was, “I will play wherever you need me to play.’ And she has transformed into an amazing middle hitter,” Storino said. “She gets to every block and crushes quick sets when given the opportunity.”

Stepping up

Marist captured the Silver Division title Saturday at the Asics Challenge, beating Downers Grove North 25-12, 25-16 in the championship match.

But the victory that probably was most impressive was a grueling 25-22, 20-25, 25-23 conquest over Sandburg.

Colleen Reilly and Cameron Enright shared the hitting honors for the RedHawks, each with eight kills. Carolyn Yerkes had 21 digs and Molly Mayo 34 assists.

“The big thing was wanting to earn our points, and in those tight situations finishing,” Marist coach Julie Popp-Hopkins said. “When we get to 20, we want to turn it up and finish. And when our backs are against the wall, playing that perfect volleyball, we need to do it. And we did it all day.

“Going out there and beating Sandburg, which is a super-strong program, was very good — for postseason play and sectional and gearing up for that.

These are the matches we need to go out there and win and put ourselves in the best possible situation for the road to come.”

Player of the Week

Shannon Murphy, of Lincoln-Way North, is the SouthtownStar Girls Volleyball Player of the Week.

Murphy, a junior setter, had 56 assists and 16 digs over four matches to help North to the championship at the Titan Invitational at Tinley Park. For the week, she had 87 assists as North went 6-0.

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