Gabby Schlecht continues triumphant return from club as Naperville North edges Neuqua Valley: ‘I feel like a giant part of the team.’

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Naperville North senior Gabby Schlecht didn’t know precisely what to cease up for after electing to play club volleyball finest season.

The first-year varsity participant became once becoming a member of a personnel that already had several established stars.

However Schlecht need now no longer grasp worried. The 5-foot-11 outdoors hitter has match gorgeous in.

“It’s been certainly colossal,” Schlecht said. “The personnel has been elephantine welcoming and the coaches had been elephantine helpful.

“I certainly feel like a huge section of the personnel, and it’s a truly awesome feeling.”

Naperville North’s Paige Lauterwasser (14) goes up for a kill against Neuqua’s Anja Kelly (11) and Liel Thomas (18) during a match in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Naperville North’s Paige Lauterwasser (14) goes up for a assassinate against Neuqua’s Anja Kelly (11) and Liel Thomas (18) in some unspecified time in the future of a match in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (Mike Mantucca / Naperville Solar)

Schlecht’s teammates are pleased to grasp her spherical, too. She proved to be a solid all-spherical participant Wednesday with four kills, 5 digs and a block, serving to the Huskies edge host Neuqua Valley for a 25-22, 25-19 DuPage Valley Conference rep.

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Schlecht has joined junior outdoors hitter Paige Lauterwasser and senior heart Kara Oxenknecht to give Naperville North (16-4, 5-1) three solid offensive threats.

“I certainly like Gabby,” Lauterwasser said. “She correct brings so great energy and fervour to the sport, and I admire playing with her.”

Lauterwasser again led the blueprint for the Huskies, landing 9 kills to head with 9 service aspects and three aces. However Schlecht looked as if it would advance up with a huge play at every valuable moment.

Neuqua (12-12, 3-3) misplaced to the Huskies in three games within the first assembly between the teams and has regularly gotten better since that match.

“We had been inspiring for certainly correct competitors,” Schlecht said. “Our coaches saved talking about how they positively grasp improved over the season.

“We’ve as successfully, so it became once going to be a strive against.”

Naperville North's Kara Oxenknecht (5) goes up for an easy kill against Neuqua Valley during a match in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Naperville North’s Kara Oxenknecht (5) goes up for a easy assassinate against Neuqua Valley in some unspecified time in the future of a match in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (Mike Mantucca / Naperville Solar)

Oxenknecht delivered relieve-to-relieve kills to give the Huskies a 14-9 lead in Sport 1, finest to survey the Wildcats hiss relieve to have faith a 19-18 lead on assassinate from Liel Thomas.

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Lauterwasser answered with a assassinate, followed by three consecutive aces, to position Naperville North ahead to cease.

Then it became once Schlecht’s turn.

She got a assassinate and served three straight aspects, including two aces, to give the Huskies a 4-1 lead in Sport 2. Neuqua could never preserve up.

“I notify one of her easiest abilities is serving,” Naperville North coach Jennifer Urban said of Schlecht. “She’s our first lend a hand within the match, and we’re certainly assured with her within the relieve of that service line.

“She also has change opportunities to find, whether or now no longer swinging out of the relieve row or entrance row or blocking off.”

Schlecht credited her work in discover, as successfully as assistance from teammates like Lauterwassser and setter Natalie Corcoran, for her success.

“Paige has been this form of relieve on my hitting,” Schlecht said. “She’s helped me with diverse ways.

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“Also, Natalie has continuously been there for me at any time after I demand for somewhat of recommendation on a attach of dwelling. It positively helps my hitting loads.”

Neuqua's Anja Kelly (11) goes up for the ball against Naperville North's Kara Oxenknecht (5) during a match in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Neuqua’s Anja Kelly (11) goes up for the ball against Naperville North’s Kara Oxenknecht (5) in some unspecified time in the future of a match in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (Mike Mantucca / Naperville Solar)

Urban also became once gratified with the play of Oxenknecht and Shelby Erickson within the heart. They combined for seven kills with correct one error. Corcoran added 18 assists and sisters Ashley and Sydney Kushner combined for 15 digs.

Anja Kelly paced Neuqua with six kills, while Bryanna Jones added four and Thomas and Alma Solis every had three.

“I became once certainly gratified with the girls for spreading the offense,” Neuqua coach Kelly Simon said. “We served extremely successfully, got a amount of aces and played sophisticated protection.

“A pair of of the areas we’ve struggled in we certainly stepped up (Wednesday). We’re correct working on continuing to possess what we possess on our aspect of the fetch and continuously being the personnel we’re in a position to.”

Matt Le Cren is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Solar.

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