Girls Volleyball: Plainfield North topples Minooka
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 3, 2013 6:56PM
Updated: October 3, 2013 10:07PM
Plainfield North’s Kate Federico, one of the state’s top setters, will be heading to Clemson next year.
More than just setting up her teammates, though, it’s Federico’s knack for knowing when to unleash a kill of her own, however sneaky or powerful, that makes her special.
“Always look out of your peripheral vision,” Federico said with a laugh. “With blockers on you, just look for an opening. Normally, when you’re in a long rally, that’s when you can do it.”
Federico picked her spots Thursday against visiting Minooka, closing the first set with a huge dump kill behind the Indians defense. Plainfield North had all the momentum and then the win, claiming a 25-20, 25-12 Southwest Prairie victory.
Last month at Minooka, Plainfield North won in three sets.
“We’re always saying we want to get better and knock out a team,” North’s Kaitlyn Fisher said. “If we can do that, we’re just going to be a better team.”
Federico finished with 15 assists, four kills and four aces for North (22-2, 8-0), with Fisher (5 kills), Madisen Zyburt (7 digs) and Allie Lindroth (2 kills, 2 aces) also contributing.
Down 22-12 in the first set, Minooka came to life with kills from four different players sparking an 8-2 spurt. Even just a point away from the set win, Federico wasn’t interested in any leeway.
After a long Minooka rally and a dig from out of bounds, Federico went up and gently sent the ball over the net behind the defense for the set-winner.
“The (Minooka) defense scrambles a little bit,” Federico said. “We were falling apart some, and we needed a pick-me up. That kill got it to that point.”
The Tigers sprinted out of the gates in the second set, going up 5-1 and then 13-2 courtesy of Zyburt’s service run (7 points). Plainfield North’s biggest lead came at 21-5.
Ginger Perinar (4 kills), Aly Gagnon (3 kills) and Brenna Perinar (5 kills, 2 blocks) led Minooka (10-5, 6-2). The Indians were without top hitter Skyler Day because of a death in her family.
“When you’re playing a good team like North, they will take advantage of bad serve-receive,” Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said. “When your serve-receive is off, everything else goes with it. It’s your most important part of the game.”