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The Night Before: Marist, Marian Catholic Tune-Up for Asics Challenge

Marist and Notre Dame Academy buddy up after the match, like mustard and ketchup at a picnic.

Before the Chicago Asics Challenge began on Friday evening, I was able to attend two high school matches on Thursday: No. 25 Venice (FL) at No. 49 Marian Catholic (IL), followed by Notre Dame Academy (KY) who played at No. 11 Marist (IL).

Part of the reason I went to these matches was because these were three ranked teams I had yet to see play in person, and four at the Asics Challenge, all within 15 miles of one another, so I could be better prepared about what I would soon witness on Friday.

Aside from the competition, two interesting things I noticed about Illinois high school volleyball: one, the teams only play two out of three set matches; and two, they don’t play with line judges. I only noticed the no-line-judge situation in my second match at Marist… were there line-judges at the Marian match, or was my mind just assuming the situation there? Does this mean that the people involved in the sport in Illinois are in fact the most honest of us all? (I later heard that if it was a big match, there may be line officials.)

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