The beat of Lemont High School

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The beat of Lemont High School

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The beat of Lemont High School

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Lemont Girls Volleyball goes over IHSA game limit, disqualified from playoffs

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Leila Rexhepi
Girls volleyball team celebrates together after winning a point. Teammates cheer on the sidelines as the coaches observe.

On Oct. 24, the girls’ varsity volleyball team was disqualified from regional playoffs by the Illinois High School Association. They found out just hours before their first game and were forced to forfeit the Regional game against Back of the Yards College Prep.

The reason behind the disqualification was an inadvertent scheduling error resulted in the team playing a total of 36 games, going over the 35 game limit enforced by the IHSA. The girls ended their season with 27 wins, making them the No. 1 seed in their class. 

In response to this incident, athletic director, John Young, released a statement Oct. 24. 

“Our students did nothing wrong,” Young said. “I am very sorry our players are forced to pay for my mistake.” 

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Although it was the varsity team that was disqualified, the JV team felt they needed to stand alongside varsity and support them through this setback.

 “I love the varsity members and I’m gonna have their backs because this is for a good cause,” Liepa Karaliute, freshman volleyball player, said. “They’re such a good team, and they could have won state, and I just feel bad for all the juniors and seniors.”

Karaliute was not the only freshman who felt heartbroken about their upperclassmen’s situation. Freshman volleyball player, Marta Pranskunas, also expressed how she had anticipated the varsity team play. 

“I know I’m a freshman right now, but I really wanted to see the team play, and I know that they have been fighting for it, ” Pranskunas said. 

The varsity team’s situation has affected all student athletes, especially female student athletes. They have spoken out on social media and meetings in an attempt to appeal the playoff ban. The appeal was denied leaving the girls devastated, but despite this sad loss, the girls were proud of all the work they had put in during their highschool careers.

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Sophia Bushnell is a junior and first year-member with the Tom-Tom. Her friends and family would describe her as artistic, intelligent and critical. When not stressing about her numerous honors classes, Sophia can be found listening to music, napping or watching movies. As a junior class officer, Sophia is very involved in LHS events and volunteering. A proud Macedonian, she is also hoping to become an officer in the World Languages Club and teach people about her culture. Sophia aspires to maintain her 4.0 GPA and attend Vanderbilt University.
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