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Volleyball Celebrates Senior Night With An Emotional Victory

By Don Collins


BRADLEY, Illinois - The BBCHS varsity volleyball team won their matchup against Thornwood on Tuesday (Oct. 16) in straight sets on Senior Night. The Boilermakers started the night by opening up a 13-7 lead midway through the first set and they would go on to win it 25-12.


The second set saw Thornwood go on a 4-0 run to begin before the Boilermakers would battle back and take a 6-5 lead. BB would then open up a 15-8 lead. Shortly thereafter, injured Senior Alie Scheiwiller, who suffered a fracture in her leg, would check in with a 24-16 Boilermaker lead. After giving up one point to Thornwood, Scheiwiller would remain on the floor as the Boilers won the set 25-17.


Scheiwiller had an unorthodox Senior night experience, but spoke highly of her teammates on the night they were honored.


“It was something I was really surprised about,” Scheiwiller said. “I think it’s awesome not only to go in, but just to be with my teammates one last time because it’s unsure, you never know. It really shows, to myself, never take anything for granted. I’m with such an awesome group of girls and it’s just crazy that this will be my last time playing with them. Being able to check in that last time means the world to me.”


Senior Britten Mietzner weighed in on how much it meant to her that all of the seniors were able to take the floor one last time.


“Our Senior Night, it’s pretty emotional. Today’s not really the last home game, but the last home game for Alie because she going into surgery,” Mietzner said fighting back tears. “We grew up playing volleyball together. It’s bittersweet. This is the sport I grew up loving. Go out with a bang.”


All of the seniors were honored pregame with their parents alongside them as they were presented flowers and frames with pictures and quotes inside of them as gifts. This night was their night and offered a chance for them to reflect on their time here.


Senior Gracie Holt offered what she feels is most memorable about this team.


“Probably how much we laugh together,” Holt said. “Our team just connects really well and I’m going to miss the connection with all the girls.”

Senior Liz Schriner, when asked for her favorite memory, brought up one of the team’s statement wins.


“My favorite memory is when we beat Downers Grove South,” Schriner said. “We beat them 25-4 and they were a really really good team. That was really exciting because we played like a team and the beginning of the year was kind of like a rocky road. It was good to see that chemistry and beat a team like that.”



“This has been a really great crew. Three of them have played varsity for three years. It’s been a special crew. I was really excited for them to get together and play one last time. I was excited to Alie on the court tonight,” --Coach Kary Dowling on her seniors.


That magical moment? Coach Dowling was able to explain what into that transpiring.


“I had asked the officials before the game if they would allow her to serve and just stay off the court,” Dowling said. “They were a little questionable and at the end, if she was going in to serve, another senior would have had to sit and I didn’t want that to happen. I wanted all the seniors to be on the floor. She just kind of hobbled out there and tried to stay off the court and out of the way. The officials were good sports and allowed me to do that.”



  • Chloe Memenga had 7 kills to lead the Boilermakers.
    • She also led the team in service points with 9.
    • Team leader in Aces with 3.
  • Reece Brown led the team with 13 assists.
  • Liz Schriner had 3 blocks to pace the Boilers.
  • Britten Mietzner led the team with 9 digs.



  • The Boilermakers will travel to Lincoln-Way East on Wednesday (Oct. 17) before returning home to finish the week on Thursday (Oct. 18).