Tim O’Brien’s girls volleyball notebook

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It’s no longer the preseason workouts.

It’s not the early weeks of the season.

As Lincoln-Way West coach Rory Harrison succinctly states, it’s time to get going.

“It’s one of my favorite things to say now, ‘It’s October,’ ” Harrison said. “All the things we’ve talked about should be there now. We’re looking for fluidity right now and for things to be running smoothly. We want our lineup to be firmed up now and end the regular season on a high note.”

The Warriors earned the No. 1 seed at their 3A regional, which begins next week. West will play the winner of the Rich Central vs. Rich East match in the semifinals.

In its fifth season as a varsity program, Lincoln-Way West still is chasing its first regional title.

Through an up-and-down season, senior middle Carissa Lorenz has been a force at the net for the Warriors. Harrison has seen a young team grow around its star senior, especially sophomore setter Katie Davis.

“Carissa has shown some great leadership as a senior out on the court,” Harrison said. “She is surrounded by some younger talent. Katie Davis has grown a lot this season and stepped up a lot as a varsity setter. They’re learning as they go.”

Lincoln-Way West wraps up the season against Bradley on Tuesday and Thornwood on Thursday.

Coal City repeats for title

Hosting Seneca on its home court Thursday, Coal City won in two sets to claim the Interstate 8 North title. It was the Coalers’ second straight conference title.

“I was impressed with our team’s mental focus tonight,” Coal City coach Michael Lanoue said. “We wanted to clinch the conference title on this floor, and every player worked hard in attaining that.”

Playing Manteno on Wednesday, Coal City will host a Volley for the Cure event, with donations being accepted instead of admission being charged.

The Coalers will offer raffle baskets along with an apparel and bake sale. Contact Lanoue at (815) 573-3337 if interested in donating.

Player of the Week

Kassie Aldridge, of Coal City, is the Herald-News Volleyball Player of the Week.

Aldridge, a senior setter, dished out 130 assists over seven matches in helping the Coalers clinch their second straight Interstate 8 North title and a second-place finish at the Mendota Rally.

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