SOUTH HOLLAND | You couldn't match them up more evenly than this.
The third-annual Seton Academy Girls Volleyball League All-Star Games held April 26 at the high school concluded with the seventh-and-eighth-grade match that went the three-game distance. And each of those game could have gone either way with the Gold Team rebounding from a first-game setback to defeat the Black Team 21-23, 22-20, 23-21.
Two of the games went into "overtime" after the 15-minute regulation time limit expired ... teams had to win by two points.
The previous fifth-and-sixth-grade match also went three games, this time with the Black team winning, 25-20, 11-25, 25-15.
The league has grown to 20 teams with 11 in the seventh-and-eighth-grade division and nine in the sixth-and-seventh-grade division.
"And we hope to keep on growing," league coordinator Laura Carrillo said. "We're happy with the turnout we have now, but there's always room for more."
For this year's all-star games, coaches were required to nominate and vote for opposing players.
Both matches featured several two-time all-stars. Mayra Orozco of Burnhan and Courtney Pugh of St. Agnes earned the distinction of three-time all-stars.
Mayra played for the Gold Team and Pugh played for the Black Team in the seventh-and-eighth-grade match.
The league runs from early March to mid-May, and primarily caters to schools and players from Chicago and the south suburbs.
"We're hoping to get more teams from Indiana," Seton Academy athletic director Deon Tolliver said. "There aren't too many leagues like this around here."