Girls Volleyball: Joliet Catholic turns back Marian Catholic
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 16, 2012 9:44PM
Updated: November 18, 2012 7:20AM
With so many talented hitters around her on the court, Joliet Catholic’s Mallory Mangun usually does her best to spread the ball around.
On the other hand, the senior setter also knows when to keep going back to one hot hitter.
“Whoever’s on gets the ball,” Mangun said. “Morgan Reardon is usually on, and she’s my go-to hitter. I keep feeding her, and it gets our momentum going.”
Trailing in the third set Tuesday night against Marian Catholic, Mangun went early and often to Reardon, igniting a huge Angels run that helped cap a 25-27, 25-12, 25-18 homecourt win.
“It was Senior Night and our last game here, and we really came together,” Mangun said.
Mangun finished with 26 assists and eight digs for top-ranked Joliet Catholic (29-6, 7-2) in the East Suburban Catholic match. Reardon (17 kills), Sarah Adler (13 digs) and Julia Shemaitis (8 kills) also chipped in.
Rebounding from a tough loss in Set 1, the Angels were dominant in the second, earning their biggest lead at 13 points with Reardon’s set winner.
It was Marian Catholic, though, that jumped out early in the third, going up 6-1.
Mangun went to her go-to hitter, and Reardon didn’t disappoint. The senior outside slammed four quick kills as part of a 7-0 spurt.
Wrapped up in a tight set, Mangun turned her attention to Shemaitis, who provided two kills as part of a 7-1 kill that helped the Angels pull away for good.
“The difference was definitely our serving and passing,” Mangun said. “We struggled a bit with it in that first game, but were able to come back.”
Joliet Catholic finished in a tie for second with Marian Catholic (27-8, 7-2) in the conference. The Spartans were led Tuesday by Amber Clay (15 kills), Colleen Rynne (27 assists), Kendyl Todd (8 kills, 5 blocks) and Nicole Manno (15 digs).