Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley powers past Providence
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 25, 2013 10:18PM
Allie Marthaler had 14 digs for Providence in Wednesday’s match against Mother McAuley. | file photo
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:25AM
Kelsey Clark loves a good kill.
The Mother McAuley junior middle blocker certainly has put down her fair share of them this season.
However, she’s not picky when it comes to offensive stats. Maybe it’s just the thrill of the team kill.
“It’s so fun (to play in our offense),” Clark said. “I love it when I go up for one at the net and I see Kennedy (Arundel) or Ryann (DeJarld) bang one home. It’s so exciting, and it’s fun to watch.”
The Macs were clicking on all cylinders offensively Wednesday in their 25-11, 25-16 win at Providence.
Beyond the win, though, the Macs had some presents on their mind, getting something for birthday girl, DeJarld.
“Exactly. Had to get her something — and got her a win,” Clark said with a smile.
Clark and DeJarld had seven kills apiece for Mother McAuley (12-1), with Arundel (6 kills, 2 service aces), Carla Cahill (6 digs) and Courtney Joyce (17 assists, 3 kills) chipping in.
After dominating the first set, the Mighty Macs rolled the momentum over to Set 2. Trailing 2-0 in the second set, the offensive floodgates opened up. DeJarld and Arundel each had a kill to tie things up. A Providence error gave the Macs the lead. Arundel (4 kills during the run) and Clark (5 kills) took things from there as McAuley raced out to a 13-5 lead.
No offensive jealousy here. Just some energy across the board.
“When somebody gets up there and pounds a kill, we all get excited,” Arundel said. “We feed off each other.”
Providence (12-5) closed to within 18-12 after a McAuley net touch but got no closer thanks to five late errors.
“We try to stay focused, come together in the huddle,” Arundel said. “We won that first game, and we’ve still got another to play (and win).
Allie Marthaler (14 digs), Leah Alles (10 digs), Clare Urchell (5 kills) and Rachel Alles (3 kills) led the Celtics.
“We’re a much better team than that,” Providence coach Rachel Ellingson said. “We didn’t come out to play. We have been coming out a little slow, and (Wednesday) we wouldn’t have that opportunity. McAuley took advantage of any error we made.”