Girls Volleyball: Joliet Catholic knocks off Minooka
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 4, 2013 8:24PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:50PM
A bad loss to nationally ranked Mother McAuley, with a couple of bad practices as a follow-up. Was this early season defeat a season-ender for Joliet Catholic?
“In all honesty, we had a couple of bad days of practice, and it was almost like the end of the world following the second match of the season,” coach Christine Scheibe said with a smile.
“We came into Wednesday wanting to take that pressure off us and have fun playing on the court.”
After being thumped by Mother McAuley a week earlier, it was host Joliet Catholic dishing out the thumping Wednesday, defeating Minooka 25-17, 25-17.
“It felt really good to come out and prove we weren’t the team that lost to McAuley,” Joliet Catholic’s Angela Vera said. “We pushed ourselves and used their errors and threw it back at them.”
Errors were the tale in the first set, with Minooka (0-2) committing 16, including five service errors. Joliet Catholic went up by as much as 16-7. A Vera kill and Maddie Naal’s block at the net cinched the first set.
“We wanted to earn our own points,” the Angels’ Megan Rogers said. “Earn it, hit the ball and crush it.”
Naal (3 blocks) had two blocks early in the second set, the momentum rolling in favor of the Angels (2-1). Joliet Catholic opened on a 13-3 run, with Rogers (5 kills) providing the spark at the service line. The outside hitter provided a kill to regain serve, then served five points to put Joliet Catholic up 13-3.
“We had to push from the start (in the second set),” Vera said. “Minooka is a good team, and we knew they would be coming back strong after the first set.”
Minooka got to within 20-13, but would get no closer. Mary Murphy (12 assists) sneaked a dump kill past the blockers at the net and the Indians hit out long to end the match.
Mallory Krzysciak (11 digs), Vera (3 blocks) and Madeline Grimm (4 kills) led Joliet Catholic (2-1). Skyler Day had five kills, six digs and two blocks for Minooka, with Cynthia Ley (3 kills, 2 blocks) and Natalie Yard (6 digs) contributing.
“It was a lot of scrambling and out-of-system balls,” Day said. “We’ll go into practice (Thursday) and work on a lot of defense. I think it was just an off day. It didn’t click.”