The girls on the Glen Crest Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team are DuPage Metro Valley Association Conference regular-season champions after they completed the season with just two losses. The Spartans tied Herrick and Westlake middle schools for the regular-season title, with each team finishing 8-2.
Glen Crest head coach Caroline Stauber was impressed with how the team grew throughout the season. While some girls had played club volleyball before, several other Spartans were playing volleyball with a team for the first time. The team only had three practices before their first game.
“The girls really came together as a team quickly,” Stauber said. “They consistently worked hard at practices and were eager to improve throughout the season. They just kept getting better and better.”
During the season, the Spartans recorded 260 aces (serves that are not returned), which averages to an impressive seven aces per set.
“They were probably the strongest serving team in the whole conference,” Stauber said.
The members of the seventh-grade girls volleyball team are: Kelsey Ames, Eva Bogdanov, Ava Egan, Molly Egan, Estelle Eltigani, Faith Gibson, Izzie Jasper, Makenna Minkley, Pippa Narrajos, Nora Schmall, Colbie Schmidt, Milla Spinks, Avery Todhunter. Managers for the team were Gia Micek and Norah Soto.