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Kahok Girls Look to Capitalize on New Interest in Volleyball

By Mark Jurgena

Coach Katie McCarthy looks to capitalize on a newfound interest in the sport of volleyball around the Collinsville community.

The Kahoks have 27 players in their program for the 2021 season and will play at all three levels, freshman, JV, and varsity.

“It’s going really good,” said McCarthy. “The girls are working super hard and everybody is getting along great. The atmosphere is really good right now.”

Not only is there the excitement of a new season under a first-year head coach, but there’s also the residual effect of that gold medal-winning USA women’s volleyball team and Collinsville native Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

“I think it has (helped),” she said. “On Tuesday, our first practice after tryouts, we did a red, white, and blue day where everyone wore USA colors. I think the energy definitely was there.”

McCarthy has wasted no time getting down to the fundamentals of the game with her club.

“Our biggest focus right now is serve-receive and defense,” she said. “We are trying to be the fastest team that we can be. We’ve really been focusing on ball control and breaking down serve-receive. That’s our biggest goal right now.”

CHS opens up on Monday, August 23rd at Chatham (Glenwood). McCarthy indicated getting back into the flow of games was a big thing she was looking forward to.

“I know I’m excited to start playing games and have fans back in the stands again; more of a normal atmosphere,” she began. “I think we’re excited for a pretty normal season except for masks.”

With the recent indoor mask mandate in Illinois, the fall sport of volleyball will see players in masks much like they did during the recently concluded spring season. 

“We played a season with them already, so I don’t think it’s too big of an issue,” McCarthy said. “They’re not excited about wearing them, but we would rather wear them than not have a season.”

2021 Collinsville Girls

Volleyball Schedule

Date Opponent       Location

Aug. 23 Chatham (Glenwood)     Away

Aug. 26 Highland               HOME

Aug. 28 Breese (Central)      Away

Aug. 30 (Althoff)                HOME

Sept. 2 Eville                         Away

Sept. 8 Waterloo               HOME

Sept. 9 Granite City             Away

Sept. 11 Mascoutah Tournament Away

Sept. 14 B. (West)               HOME

Sept. 16 Alton                         Alton

Sept. 20 Centralia                   Away

Sept. 21 O’Fallon                HOME

Sept. 23 B. (East)                    Away

Sept. 27 Columbia              HOME

Sept. 28 E. St. Louis           HOME

Oct. 1 Triad Round Robin       Away

Oct. 5 Eville                           HOME

Oct. 12 B. (West)                      Away

Oct. 14 Alton                         HOME

Oct. 18 Marquette                 HOME

Oct. 19 O’Fallon                   Away

Oct. 21 B. (East)                    HOME

Oct. 26 IHSA Regional        HOME

Nov. 1 IHSA Sectional             TBA

Nov. 5 IHSA Super-Sectional  TBA

Nov. 12 IHSA State Finals    TBA

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