Girls Volleyball: Logan Grevengoed’s 1,001th career kill sends Chicago Christian to supersectional
By Steve Millar
Senior outside hitter Logan Grevengoed set off a raucous celebration at Chicago Christian on Wednesday night when she put down her 1,000th career kill.
No. 1,001 was pretty special, too. That’s the one that clinched a Class 2A sectional championship for the host Knights, who beat Beecher 25-19, 25-13.
Chicago Christian (33-6) advanced to take on Illinois Valley Central at 6 p.m. in tonight’s Herscher Supersectional. The winner goes to the state semifinals.
“My sophomore year, after we got to supersectionals and lost with a very strong team, I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to play at that level again because we lost so many great players,” Grevengoed said. “So, to be able to do it with this group of girls is really, really exciting.”
Grevengoed finished with 12 kills, while her younger sister, Delanie, added 11 kills. Olivia Ingelse had 13 digs and Keely Colyer dished out 21 assists for the Knights.
When Logan Grevengoed put down a kill to make it 22-12 in the second set, the Chicago Christian student section erupted in cheers, pulling out a large ‘1,000’ sign they had hidden.
Logan Grevengoed was swarmed by her Knights teammates. After the game, was she was presented with a gold volleyball that said ‘1,000’ and was signed by Chicago Christian players and coaches.
“I honestly didn’t think I had gotten there yet,” Logan said. “When they all stood up with signs and everything I was like, ‘Oh, all right.’ It was a surprise.
“I think it’s a lot of hard work paid off. It’s my fourth year on varsity and I’ve put in a lot of time and effort and I think that shows in this.”
Delanie Grevengoed was so dominant early in the match that she started to worry if her sister would not get to 1,000 kills on the night. Delanie had eight kills in the first set.
“I just saw that we were really tight and I really wanted it,” she said. “I saw the open chances and I just went for them.
“At the end, we knew Logan was at 999 and I was like, ‘Give it to her, give it to her, she needs one more.’ We were planning it all day, so we were really hoping she would get to 1,000 because it would have been awkward if not. I’m just really happy that I’ve been able to see her work to get there and be here along with her.”
Logan was excited about the way Delanie played in the first set.
“I love when she’s able to step up to the plate and perform like that,” Logan said. “It’s a proud big sister moment for me.”
Beecher (24-3) was within 17-15 in the opening set before the Knights reeled off five straight points. Delanie Grevengoed had three consecutive kills before Ingelse followed with a pair of aces.
The Knights immediately took control in the second set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead behind two kills and two blocks from Logan Grevengoed.
That was the start of a memorable sequence of events for Logan.
“All the girls on the team knew she needed 11 kills tonight,” Chicago Christian coach Karen Van Assen said. “We were constantly communicating with our setter. She was in the back row and we knew she needed one more, so we were like, ‘Yep, set her in the back row. Do what you’ve got to do.’ It was a special moment for a special kid. I know it’s something she really wanted to do.”
Van Assen said the Knights were fired up before the match started. Because Beecher was on the top side of the bracket – which was split into two sub-sectionals – it was the official home team for the match and elected to sit on the home bench.
“The other team came in and took our bench,” Van Assen said. “I think that was meant to mess with our heads, but all it did was make us want to work harder. It kind of backfired against them.
“It helps that we play a really strong schedule. They haven’t played a team like us.”
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