Barbs Update

Event Details

  • August 22nd, 2017

  • 6:00 PM

  • Volleyball

  • Varsity

  • Girl

  • Game

  • Away

  • Genoa-Kingston High School

  • Genoa High School-Main Gym

  • 3:45 PM

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Game Summary






DeKalb tops Genoa-Kingston in opener

DeKalb tops Genoa-Kingston in opener

By:  John Gallione-Daily Chronicle 

DeKalb tops Genoa-Kingston in openerGENOA – It was a happy birthday indeed for second-year Barbs coach Jamie DiMaggio as the DeKalb volleyball team handled the Genoa-Kingston Cogs in straight sets Tuesday, 30-28, 25-11, in the season opener for both teams.

DeKalb seniors Jasmine Kemp and Hannah Ohelberg led their team in kills with seven and five respectively.


The first game was a see-saw battle that had seven game points until the Barbs ended it on a kill by Kemp. The Barbs made a handful of unforced errors serving the ball early in the game. DiMaggio chalked it up to first game nerves.

"I ended up switching the lineup right before game time," DiMaggio said. "They're a very athletic team and we had to match up with them. We served a lot of balls deep today, but I think that we will cut down on those over time. I love that we were setting our middles too. In game two, we kinda laughed in the huddle and said, 'Okay, first-game jitters are over.' We ended up mixing sophomore Bella Finch into the game late in game two and she was awesome. My team was awesome today."

The Barbs were able to tighten up their serve receive in the second set. Ohelberg says that their practice regiment is a big reason for that.

"We've been working really well with our setters," Ohelberg said. "It's something that we focus on in practice. We're connecting well with [Emma Fellabaum] and she's doing a great job."

Genoa-Kingston coach Keith Foster said Kemp, committed to NIU for next season, is a hard player to plan for. He said Kemp and Ohelberg can create big match up problems for teams which lack height.

"We have to stretch them out of system when we serve," Foster said. "DeKalb brought it to a whole new level in the second set and we have to give credit to the team that won. I am proud of our team and we are better for playing a team like DeKalb. Both teams made quality adjustments and we exposed different things in each other. Both teams competed. They never gave us a chance for new life in the last set though."

Cogs setter Natalie Botello echoed Foster's thoughts on strategy.

"We always try to stretch out teams," Botello said. "We stretch them out of system and then we score. We communicated a lot in the first set too."

Lydia Sabanish led the Barbs in digs with 10. Emma Fellabaum led in assists with 14 on the night. The Barbs play next at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to Wheaton North to play in the Blue and Gold Invitational. The Cogs will play next at 6 p.m. Thursday when they host Richmond-Burton.