MIKE NIETO: Hey, take a look at the T.F. South volleyball team

2012-10-04T18:00:00Z 2014-05-15T22:46:15Z MIKE NIETO: Hey, take a look at the T.F. South volleyball teamMike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
October 04, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

You look at the T.F. South girls volleyball team and at first glance of their 17-6 record as of Wednesday, you take it for granted.

The volleyball team is just doing what it has for years -- win. Coach Kim Sands has done so with a young team, but one which plays together and it has showed.

It has been a great fall for T.F. South sports. The football team is 5-1 and is coming off a big win over Lemont and the girls tennis team is enjoying its best season in years.

Sands starts several underclassmen, including three sophomores.

"We didn't know how well we would start out and it was a concern," Sands said. "Our kids have played together and have put in that extra work.'

Junior Ashtyn Kapovich said the youth factor was a concern, but they overcame it.

"It was at first as well as our lack of size," Kapovich said. "We knew we had to play good defense and do the fundamentals."

That and team chemistry are two reasons for the team's success. The Rebels are not a great team, but they are pretty good at doing the little things that win matches. Being unselfish goes a long way. Also, camaraderie has a little to do with it.

"We do a loit of things together off the court," setter Abbe Mullen said. "We really like each other and like playing together. Sure, we are not that big, but we come out and play hard."

Sophomore Crystal Lee and Bre Lilly have done a great job up front and can hit with the best of them. Lilly is about 6-foot and Lee about 5-9, so they are going against 6-footers and 6-2 players all the time.

"We just play our game and play as a team," Lee said. "Abbe does a great job of setting me up. When you play together, good things happen."

At good things have happened in Lansing. There was setback a few weeks ago to Lemont and Sands said Lemont just did a better job of finishing down the stretch. The team showed its mettle when it beat Oak Forest by not giving up.

The Rebels have the Lincoln-Way Central Autumn Knights Invitational on Oct. 12-13 and that will be a great test for the Class 4A tournament.

"There are a lot of good teams there and it is a good way to get ready (for regionals)," Kapovich said. "It's a great way to end the (regular) season."

The attitude of this team is something that a coach wants. Humble, but they know what they can do. They also know they can improve and won't rest on their last match.

The future of South volleyball looks good. The present is pretty good, too.


This column is solely the writer's opinion. Reach him at mike.nieto@nwi.com.

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