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Chargers Light Up Oakton in Region IV Tourney Quarterfinals

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Nov. 2, 2016
GALESBURG — It took longer than anticipated, but the Carl Sandburg College volleyball team is moving on in the Region IV District A tournament.


The Chargers waited out a 90-minute delay prior to the match because of a power outage before sweeping Oakton 25-12, 25-15, 25-17 in the quarterfinals Wednesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.


Third-seeded Sandburg (14-19) advances to face second-seeded Moraine Valley in the semifinals at noon Saturday at Lake County. The championship is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.


“It was a bit of a bizarre night, but we’ll take it,” Chargers coach Todd Winkler said. “We did a good job of staying focused once the match got under way. We’ll face a good test Saturday, and hopefully we’ll have our chance at another later in the day.”


Sandburg never faced a serious threat from the sixth-seeded Owls (3-24), who led for just two points on the night.


Lexi Strange (Hartsburg-Emden) had a team-leading 11 kills for the Chargers, and setter Emma Derry (Southeastern) handed out 32 assists. Makenzie Widmer (Limestone) had a team-best 17 digs, and libero Adre Vetter (Hartsburg-Emden) added 12 digs and matched Chelsea Lesniewski (Fulton) for the team lead with two aces.


The Chargers also had solid nights on the attack from Sam Mayberry (Pekin), who nine kills, as well as Aleksa Ladd (Fieldcrest) and Lesniewski, who had seven kills apiece.