North Girls Volleyball continues undefeated season with win against Neuqua Valley


Photo by Julia Putman

Grace Muckerheide and Julia Putman

The Naperville North Huskies maintained their perfect record, defeating Neuqua Valley in their second round of conference Thursday.

The Huskies (6-0) dominated the Wildcats, sweeping the match in two effective games. 

The team kept their focus throughout, winning the first game with an early lead and a final score of 25-22. Senior captain Anna Jarowski attributed her team’s success to their enthusiasm during their warmup.

“One of our strategies was to stay high with our energy the entire time and then our play will come as the game goes,” Jarowski said.

They continued their success in the quicker second match winning with a final score of 25-14. With the momentum of their first set victory, the Huskies found their rhythm in the second game, firing powerful hits and blocking the Wildcats offensive attacks. Sophomore Paige Lauterwasser intimidated the Wildcats with her powerful hits and helped secure the win for the Huskies. Despite the obstacles, she believes the Huskies have thrived this season.

“Our team has really talked about making the most of our opportunities so I felt like it was really important for me and the team to just play our best and have fun out there,” Lauterwasser said.

The second game of the match was interrupted mid-play by a fire alarm. With a score of 21-11 the entire school was evacuated and after a short period of standing outside in the cold, athletes were able to resume play after a brief warmup period. The Huskies maintained their impressive rhythm and teamwork, quickly finishing off the Wildcats after the break. Jarkowski believes the sudden interruption only increased the Huskie’s drive to win.

“If anything it made our energy higher because when we went outside we were talking and having a lot of fun and when we came back in we were just like we have 4 more points we’re going to get them and we’re going to win,” Jarkowski said.

The Huskies hope to keep the winning streak going and Head Coach Jennifer Urban wants to carry that energy and focus throughout the rest of the season.

“We know that we are going to have more of a target on our back because we are currently undefeated, but hopefully we will use that as motivation to continue to improve on our side as well,” Urban said. 

The Huskies will continue their season April 13 at DeKalb. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 P.M.