Girls Volleyball: Plainfield Central turns back Plainfield South
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 17, 2013 7:30PM
Updated: October 19, 2013 7:19PM
Plainfield Central is young. VERY young.
The Wildcats normally start two freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and a senior. They have just two seniors on the roster.
Central obviously is out to win, as well as to become a cohesive unit. Visiting Plainfield South on Tuesday in a Southwest Prairie match, the Wildcats rolled to a 25-13, 25-18 victory.
“The more we work together, talk and help each other out as a team, not just as individuals, the better we’re going to be,” Central’s Elizabeth Hyland said. “Certain games we don’t do that, don’t talk, and that’s when we don’t do as well.”
In Hyland, the Wildcats have a junior with two years of varsity experience under her belt. The junior outside led Central (5-5, 2-2) with 11 kills, with Ashley Shook (5 kills) and Addison Taylor (5 digs) also contributing.
Central had a 7-0 run in Set 1 that extended its lead to 19-10. At one point, a sophomore, Jonna Pozananski, a freshman, Shook, and Hyland, a junior, strung together three straight kills as part of the run.
“We’ve got players who are so many different ages, teams don’t necessarily expect it,” Hyland said. “We’re setting a freshman up with a sophomore. It gives us a little bit different dynamic.”
Falling behind 17-15 in the second set, Central turned to one of its two seniors to right the ship. Allyson Lindish went on a seven-point service run to regain the lead, with Hyland slamming five kills as part of the set-turning surge.
“(As a senior), the team looks to me sometimes, and that’s motivation to do my best,” Lindish said. “The team is growing as a whole. It’s a Plainfield school (rivalry), too, so you always want to win those.”
Shook closed the match with back-to-back kills, the winner coming off an errant South dig.
Jordan McNeill (3 kills, 2 aces), Brianna Langys (2 kills), Deysha Thompson (2 kills) and Alyssa O’Boyle (10 assists) led South (5-9, 1-2).
“We’re looking for a leader to step up,” South coach Amy Larson said. “We need the girls to be mentally tougher. They make a mistake, and we get down on ourselves. It’s a big goal to get over that obstacle.”