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Warren, Grayslake North on collision course

Warren players (from left) Stephanie Karlovicks Rachel Ziegler Danielle Buschick Haley Mazurik Jamie DickinsLisiann Rodriguez react as they wlast point

Warren players (from left) Stephanie Karlovicks, Rachel Ziegler, Danielle Buschick, Haley Mazurik, Jamie Dickinson and Lisiann Rodriguez react as they win the last point winning their regional volleyball match against Zion at Grayslake North. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 23, 2012 1:26AM

If you like close, competitive volleyball matches, Grayslake North High School was the place to be on Tuesday.

Though both matches ended in two games, the difference between winners and losers was paper-thin.

In the opener, Grayslake North beat McHenry 25-23, 25-23 in a match in which the teams were never separated by more than four points at any time.

In the second match, Warren topped Zion-Benton 25-22, 25-22 in a battle that was as close as the score would suggest.

Grayslake North (13-24) and Warren (19-17) will play at 6 Thursday night for the title.

North was led to victory by Stefani Keilwitz (8 digs), Lisa Lowry (16 assists, 8 digs) and Kelsey Klausner (6 kills).

“We built a lot of energy last night (a win over Grant) and that helped carry us tonight,” said Knights standout Joanna Guhl. “We stayed true to our game plan and we stayed focused.

“It also helped to have our home fans coming out and supporting us.”

McHenry finished 11-23.

Warren was led to victory by Jaime Dickinson (8 kills).

“We feel like we should win this regional,” said Dickinson. “We need to talk, move our feet and play with the energy tonight on Thursday.”

Warren coach Julie Filippo has managed to get her team peaking at the right time.

“We’ve started to play better. I’d still like to see more communication, but they’re starting to play better as a team,” the coach said. “I also think the seniors realize that this is it for them.”

Warren finished third in last weekend’s Crosstown Classic (county tourney) and is on a roll for the first time this season.

Zion-Benton finished 12-23. The Zee-Bees were led by Megan Crane (6 kills), who will play next year at NCAA Division 2 North Michigan University.

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