Baker defeats Three Forks
By Caleb Ploeger
The Lady Spartans drew Three Forks for the first match of divisional tournaments on Nov. 1, at Huntley Project. The Spartans started out a little slow losing the first two matches 17-25 and 19-25. After those first two losses the Spartans came roaring back and were a fearful force. Set 3 was close, but the Spartans pulled out a win and came out on top 25-23. The next set saw them playing with confidence and they easily handled the Wolves 25-17. The Wolves tried to rally in the final set but were unable to stop the Spartans, who ended winning 15-11 and advanced to the second round of the tournament.
The Spartans were led offensively by senior outside hitter Andie Bachelor, who finished with 12 kills, 13 digs, and 1 ace. Wrenzi Wrzesinski, closely following following Andie and leading the team defensively, had 10 kills, 14 digs, and 2 aces. Hannah Gonsioroski had 11 digs and two aces. Shelby Moore had 11 digs and a block. Halle Burdick had 5 digs, 1 kill, 1 ace and Madison Moore had 6 kills, 6 digs, and 1 block. Katie Wang had 9 kills and 2 digs and 6 blocks. The freshmen Peyton Janeway had 2 kills, 1 block, and 1 assist. Macee Hadley rounded out the Lady Spartans with 5 tips, 32 assists and 2 aces.
Baker faced a tough Huntley Project Team
By Courtney Tudor
The Baker Ladies Spartans came up against a formidable opponent in the second game at the Divisional tournament when they faced off against the Huntley Red Devils. Despite their best efforts, the Spartans lost all three sets, 25-8; 25-5; and 25-10. Seniors Madison Moore and Wrenzi Wrzesinski both led the Spartans with 2 kills each. Senior Andie Batchelor had 9 digs and junior Macee Hadley had 4 assists. The Huntley team went on to win the Divisional Tournament. Senior Wrenzi Wrzesinski noted, “The Huntley team’s level of play is impressive. When they get on a roll they will be unbeatable at the State level.” Though frustrated by the loss, the learning experienced by playing a team of such high caliber is invaluable. Coach Breitbach said, “Huntley is a great team. I welcome the opportunity to play such a competitive program. I look forward to watching Huntley compete at the state tournament.”
Lady Spartans lose out in third round of Divisional Tournament
By Halle Burdick
The 2018 high school volleyball season officially came to an end when the eventual third place Divisional finisher Joliet defeated the Lady Spartans. Joliet came out in full force with powerful hits and a scrappy defense. The Spartans could not answer back, struggling with a lack of communication and mental toughness. The Lady J Hawks out-matched the Spartans in three sets, 13-25, 13-25, 15-25. Seniors Andie Batchelor and Madison Moore led the Lady Spartans in stats. Andie Batchelor had 8 kills and 11 digs, while Madison Moore had 12 digs and 2 kills. Also contributing to the stats were: Macee Hadley with 12 assists, 4 digs, and 2 kills; Wrenzi Wrzesinski with 6 digs, 2 kills, and 1 ace; Shelby Moore with 6 digs, 2 assists, and 1 ace; Katie Wang with 3 kills and 3 digs; and Hannah Gonsioroski with 6 digs. The Lady Spartans finished their season with a winning record of 19-10. Coach Jessica Boggs said, “The season has been humbling in so many ways. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with these young athletes every day. I would like to thank the community and fans for their ongoing support throughout the season.”