Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East powers past Stagg
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 10, 2013 8:00PM
Updated: October 10, 2013 10:50PM
Taylor Nirchi believes it. So does her Lincoln-Way East teammate Jessica Lindsey. All the Griffins do, for that matter.
What they believe is that after some early struggles, that rough patch is a thing of the past.
The results are starting to back them up.
“Our record is very deceptive,” Nirchi said. “We started off really shaky, not knowing our positions. Now, it feels like we’re really hitting it and on a roll. We’re getting up there, and we’re going to keep going.”
Nirchi (20 assists, 5 kills) and Lindsey (10 kills) starred Thursday for Lincoln-Way East, helping the Griffins to a convincing 25-16, 25-17 SouthWest Suburban Blue win over host Stagg in a Volley for the Cure Match.
Also contributing for East (12-10, 3-0) were Missy Wyman (10 digs), Macie Lawrence (10 digs, 2 aces) Sarah Dobrich (7 kills) and Josie Wierzal (5 kills).
Nirchi and Lindsey stepped to the forefront in the second set. Off a 13-all tie, Lindsey scored four straight points for East, the kills coming on a variety of shots.
Nirchi knew where to place the ball. Lindsey knew what to do with it.
“We have a thing out on the court that just connects somehow,” Lindsey said. “It’s something in our voices. I call ‘Tay, Tay, Tay!’ She sets it, and there’s no block there.”
Lindsey’s mini-kill run put East up for good, two Stagg errors and a kill from Wierzal producing a late 20-15 advantage.
“I have a ton of confidence in Jessica,” Nirchi said. “If I put a ball there, she’ll put it away for us.”
Stagg (11-15, 0-3) was led by Ari Mantas (7 kills), Lexi Mantas (5 kills, 11 digs) and Hannah Henderson (6 kills).
“We talk about it a lot, but we’re a different team in practice than we are in matches,” Stagg coach Deanna Storino said. “We have the talent. It’s just a matter of coming together as a team before the postseason.”