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Two video boards were added to Beardsley Gymnasium, which will serve as the temporary home of the Northwestern women’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams. (Chris Livatino)

Evanston hosted the annual ‘Kits, ‘Cats and Kids Block Party last week, and the downtown event featured games for children and performances by the marching bands of both Evanston Township High School and Northwestern.

It was hardly the last time the athletic departments of the local high school and the Big Ten university located just over a mile away will be joining forces this school year.

Beginning with its home opener versus Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Northwestern women’s volleyball team will be playing its 10 conference home games this season at ETHS’s Beardsley Gymnasium, which was built in 1925.

 

 

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The University of Kansas will ask the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday to approve a $12 million overhaul of the Jayhawks’ baseball stadium and for permission to build a new $10 million volleyball center on the campus in Lawrence.

Both projects would be privately financed and designed to enlarge seating for baseball games and volleyball matches to serve at least 3,000 fans.

The intent is to enhance 2,500-seat Hoglund Ballpark by ripping out metal bleachers to make room for 2,000 stadium seats and eight luxury boxes with a capacity of 40 people apiece. About 1,000 bleacher seats and 80 field-level seats would be placed along the left field line. Concessions and restrooms would be upgraded within a new concourse, and a new press box would be installed.

 

 

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Phyllis Fowler figured she had the perfect parting gift last November when she coached Navarro to the UIL Class 4A state tournament for the first time since 1976.

She was prepared to walk away and enjoy retirement.

But some reflection — and a persistent courtship by New Braunfels Christian athletic director Josh Wood — spurred Fowler’s return to the sideline.

“I was really ready to retire, but wasn’t so sure I was ready to give up on this sport I love and the passion I have for working with players,” Fowler said. “I was in a great place mentally and emotionally and felt strongly about God being in control of my future. I had very positive feelings about the decision I had made and was not going to look back, only forward and upward.”

 

 

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CORNELL — A huge swing in momentum after falling behind 17-4 in the first set sparked the Cornell volleyball team to a comeback win over New Auburn on Thursday evening, 25-27, 25-9, 25-16, 25-14.

New Auburn dominated from the opening serve, taking 17 of the first set’s first 21 points. Their dominance was short lived though, as the Chiefs battled back to only lose the set by two points and cruised from there.

“I think our energy level changed,” Cornell coach Amy Lorenzen said. “Basically, we had a conversation during a timeout that we needed to start attacking instead of just sending the ball over (the net).”

CORNELL — A huge swing in momentum after falling behind 17-4 in the first set sparked the Cornell volleyball team to a comeback win over New Auburn on Thursday evening, 25-27, 25-9, 25-16, 25-14.

New Auburn dominated from the opening serve, taking 17 of the first set’s first 21 points. Their dominance was short lived though, as the Chiefs battled back to only lose the set by two points and cruised from there.

“I think our energy level changed,” Cornell coach Amy Lorenzen said. “Basically, we had a conversation during a timeout that we needed to start attacking instead of just sending the ball over (the net).”

 

 

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Owen volleyball has been on a carousel the last six years. Each time the calendar has turned, one coach has stepped off and another has gotten on.

The 2017 season will be no different. But this time the carousel appears to have come full circle. Kim Clark, a math teacher, is back. And she came back just days before the season began.

Heading into the season, the Warlassies thought last year’s coach, Jenny Johnson, would end the carousel by coaching for a second season. But prior to the school year, she moved out of the area with her family, according to Owen athletic director Anthony Lee.

The program was once again without a coach, just days before the season. There was, however, a qualified candidate nearby – Clark.

 

 

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Niskayuna’s sophomore outside hitter becoming a force

NISKAYUNA — Through its first three matches of the year, the Niskayuna High School girls’ volleyball team has the look of an improved squad.

Its passing is better. Its defense is solid. Its communication is sound.

“And,” Niskayuna junior Molly Mason said, “Stefana is killing it.”

Pun intended.

Stefana Stan, the team’s sophomore outside hitter, has become a force for the Silver Warriors. She’s registered five kills in each of the team’s first three Suburban Council matches this season, and has developed into an all-around star for a Niskayuna squad off to a 2-1 start.

“She’s bringing a whole different energy,” said Mason, the team’s libero. “She’s such a bubbly person, and then she gets a kill — and she’s still smiling as she does it. She has a positive energy for this team.”

 

 

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Arizona volleyball will be back in action this weekend in McKale Center hosting the Wildcat Classic after cancellation of the FSU/FAMU Classic in Tallahassee, Florida, due to Hurricane Irma. The Wildcats will be welcoming William and Mary, New Mexico State and Illinois State to Tucson.

Setting up the ball first in the Wildcat Classic will be a matchup between New Mexico State and Illinois State on Friday, Sept. 15. The Wildcats will then follow up with a match against the William and Mary Tribe.

William and Mary enters McKale Center on a four-match losing streak with a record of 2-8. For the Tribe, senior outside hitter Sydney Biniak leads the way with 150 kills to go along with 164.5 points. Biniak will be a key to success for W&M this weekend and a threat to Arizona junior outside hitter Kendra Dahlke, who has posted 57 kills overall.

 

 

 

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It’s hard to miss Lana Razma on the volleyball court. She does about everything for the Durango High School volleyball team. Everything she does, she does well.

“Lana’s everywhere she needs to be all the time. You can count on Lana,” Durango head coach Colleen Vogt said. “It’s hard to ever take her off the court because she’s under every ball. She brings such fire and momentum to our team and is such a solid presence.”

Behind Razma, the Demons are off to one of their best starts in years after winning their first four matches, three of which came in three sets. It’s Durango’s first 4-0 start since 2010, when the Demons won their first six games on the way to making it to the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament.

Razma played in every set of the first three matches and has a serving percentage of 92.3, which is the highest among Demons who have attempted more than one serve this season.

But the senior captain is at her best when she’s playing at the net. She led Durango with 196 kills last season as an outside hitter, but this season she’s in the midst of a position change after being moved to the right side, where she sees less action.

 

 

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Coming off a state championship, Kalama is down their top four players. Toutle Lake graduates its top two hitter and setters. And Woodland, the state runners-up, enter a new era with a new coach.

Southwest Washington’s prep volleyball scene has been a glutton for elite performers of late, but all good things must come to an end. Or so you would think. Consistently coaches find ways to maximize their talent and returning players show what they learned from their elders.

Still, questions burn like wildfire entering 2017: Can Kalama repeat despite significant roster turnover? Will Castle Rock reign once again? Or will the competitiveness of the area at large reveal a hidden gem that triumphs in Lacey or Yakima — the sites of the state tournament this fall?

The Beavers are coping with arguably the most significant turnover in Southwest Washington after 31-year coach Jeff Nesbitt stepped down after showing one last flash of that magic that always had his teams peaking come playoff time. Ushering in the new era is first-year head coach Danielle Hutton, a 24-year-old Mark Morris alumna.

 

 

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Is this the season the Turlock High girls volleyball team breaks up the title monopoly created by its rival?

Early projections suggest this may, in fact, be the Year of the Bulldog.

But which one?

With reigning All-District player of the year Julia Handy back in the fold, Turlock is No. 2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section and No. 11 in the state, according to MaxPreps’ computer rankings.

Those are the highest rankings among Stanislaus District teams, including Pitman, the three-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and six-time defending Central California Conference champion.

 

 

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