This season’s Highland Middle School eighth-grade girls' volleyball team won the Lakeside Conference Championship on Oct. 17, repeating their victory from last year when they won the seventh-grade championship.
The Highland Hornets knocked off Oak Grove in two games to claim their second championship in a row. The Highland girls’ team also went undefeated during the regular 2013-14 season with a perfect 9-0.
"What an unbelievable season the girls had,” said coach Gerry Carollo, the physical education teacher at Adler Park School. “They worked hard in practice, which carried over to the games. The skill level on this team was top notch.”
This marks Carollo’s fourth championship team in eight years for Highland Middle School.
Aside from their athlete skills, Carollo also said the group had a "team first" attitude.
"This group of girls was so coachable,” he said. “They pushed one another to do their best."
—Submitted by Libertyville District 70.
Pictured are: (From left to right)—Front Row: Kailey Christianson, Madi O'Brien, Jarilys Irizarry, Franny Quenan. Middle Row: Kaitlyn Matthew, Mary Cate Buchert, Ellie Cho, Hannah Miller, Kylie Rodriguez. Back row: Coach Gerry Carollo, Sarah Hoyer, Anna Risley, Sydney Bauer, Mary Bertini, Sarah Keating.