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Lemont’s Cantone, Owens commit to college plans


Senior volleyball player Gemma Cantone (front left) and bowler Kyla Owens are joined by their respective coaches - Chris Zogata (back left) and Mark Hollatz) - as they confirm their college plans next year.

Two Lemont High School student-athletes have solidified their plans to compete at the intercollegiate level. Setter/right side hitter Gemma Cantone has committed to play women’s volleyball at University of the Incarnate Word, while Kyla Owens will bowl at Drury University.

Gemma Cantone - Career Highlights

  • A 6’0” setter/right side hitter who earned two varsity letters playing for head coach Chris Zogata
  • Helped the Indians to a composite 41-31 record over two seasons, which included a 25-1 record in South Suburban Conference play and two SSC Blue titles
  • Over 134 career games, averaged 1.33 kills, 3.47 assists, 1.83 digs, 0.51 blocks and 0.57 service aces per game
  • Earned All-SSC honors and was tabbed as the team’s “Best Hitter” as a senior in 2016, as the Indians posted a 22-14 record and a perfect 13-0 mark in SSC play
  • Led the squad with 41 service aces, and tied for the team lead with 0.54 aces per game
  • Was second on the team in both assists (293) and assists per game (3.86); was third in kills (143), kills per game (1.88), hitting percentage (.253), blocks (47) and blocks per game (0.62); and was fourth in digs (152) and digs per game (2.00)
  • Set career highs in kills, hitting percentage, assists, digs, blocks and service aces
  • Made her varsity debut as a junior in 2015, when Lemont was 19-17 overall and 12-1 in SSC play
  • Led the team with 0.60 service aces per game, and was second on the squad with 35 aces
  • Was second on the team in assists (172) and assists per game (2.97), while adding 0.60 kills, 1.60 digs and 0.38 blocks per game
  • Honor roll student
  • Plays club volleyball for 1st Alliance
  • Will play for head coach Jennifer Montoya at Incarnate Word, an NCAA Division I institution that is located in San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Southland Conference. The Cardinals finished with a 12-17 record (8-8 SC) and was 7th of 13 teams in the conference standings.
University of the Incarnate Word Women's Volleyball

Kyla Owens - Career Highlights

  • Four-year starter for head coach Mark Hollatz who helped the team to a composite dual meet record of 38-14
  • Capped her career by averaging a career-best 190 in 2016-17, helping the Indians to a 10-3 record and a third-place finish in the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division meet
  • Finished 4th individually at the SSC Meet to earn all-conference honors, and qualified for the IHSA Sectional individually
  • Averaged 175 as a junior in 2015-16, as Lemont went 8-5 and was fourth at the SSC Meet
  • Averaged 170 as a sophomore in 2014-15, as Lemont went 11-2 and was fourth at the SSC Meet
  • Averaged 168 as a freshman in 2013-14, as Lemont went 9-4 overall and won the SSC Blue
  • Participated in the 2014 IHSA State Finals; the Indians qualified for state finals competition as a team after finishing second in the team standings in IHSA Sectional play
  • High honor roll student and a National Honor Society inductee
  • Will bowl for head coach Larry Hughes at Drury, an NCAA institution that is located in Springfield, Mo., and is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Panthers finished third in the MIAA Tournament in their first year as an NCAA program.
Drury University Women's Bowling

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