Girls Volleyball: Providence KOs Lincoln-Way West
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 23, 2012 11:06PM
Providence's Allison Errthum hits the ball at Lincoln-Way West's Erin Carberry. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 25, 2012 11:41AM
In beating St. Ignatius earlier this season, Providence’s Krista Brakauskas saw her teammates serve as well as they ever have.
A close second in terms of serving performance? Tuesday night’s 25-20, 25-13 win over Lincoln-Way West in a 3A Morris Regional semifinal.
The serving dominance in the second set came after a sluggish first set.
“The difference was the serving,” Brakauskas said. “Annie Cummings showed us how we should be serving with aggressiveness, and we picked it up there. (Tuesday) was just great.”
Brakauskas had six kills, six assists and eight digs for Providence (25-11), with Cummings (6 digs, 2 blocks), Haley Lahey (3 blocks) and Alyssa Maloney (5 kills, 2 blocks) contributing. The Celtics will play Joliet Catholic at 6 p.m. Thursday for the regional title.
“We’ve been preparing for this for so long,” Brakauskas said. “We’ll come out with everything we have against JCA.”
Joliet Catholic beat host Morris 25-20, 25-13 in the other semifinal.
After squeaking out a win in the first set, Providence’s service game stepped up. Maggie Turk’s 5-0 service run helped the Celtics pull away at 9-3 early.
Doubling up Lincoln-Way West at 10-5, it was Cummings who took over. Cummings helped pick apart the Warriors defense, rattling off 10 straight service points, including an ace, as Providence went up 20-5.
“It was a serving extravaganza,” Providence coach Rachel Ellingson said with a smile.
West (20-15) put together a late run with Sarah Wegrzyn slamming three kills and an ace, but the Cummings run proved to be the difference.
“We had an off day on serve-receive, and the wheels came off,” West coach Rory Harrison said. “It was a lot of subbing and adjusting, and we could never get going.”
Wegrzyn (8 digs, 7 kills), Hannah Chesley (5 digs), Kelly Staack (6 assists), Therese Schultz (3 kills) and Erin Carberry (3 kills) led the Warriors.