Girls Volleyball: Waubonsie Valley outlasts Bolingbrook
By Neil Shalin For Sun-Times Media October 29, 2013 9:16PM
Updated: October 29, 2013 10:38PM
Fourth-seeded Waubonsie Valley can accurately say it’s now battle-tested in the postseason.
After winning Tuesday’s first set handily 25-15 over host Bolingbrook in a Class 3A regional semifinal, the Warriors received a mighty challenge from the 13th-seeded Raiders before winning the match 32-30 in the second set, earning a trip to Thursday’s regional final.
The Warriors (29-7) faced set point five times before defeating the Raiders (16-19-2), who left it all on the floor trying to send the match into a third set.
The match was a showdown between Rachel Minarick, of Waubonsie Valley, and Krissa Gearring, of Bolingbrook. The two seniors, who have been teammates in club ball, delivered big time as Gearring finished with a season-high 19 kills to Minarick’s 17 for Waubonsie.
“It was just a relief to win that match,” Minarick said. “At the end we played with determination and stayed composed. We stayed together mentally. I’m happy we could pull it out.”
“We played our hearts out,” Gearring said. “Win or lose, I’m so happy I could finish with this team in a match like this.”
The Raiders jumped out to a 12-7 lead in Set 2 before Waubonsie coach Kristen Stuart called a timeout.
“She told us to play more aggressively and stick to the game plan we made from scouting reports,” Minarick said. “We’ve come back from bigger deficits, so we knew we had it in us.”
The Warriors did come back, tying it at 14 led by Minarick’s four kills and a block.
Waubonsie led 23-19 and seemed well on its way to closing things out when the Raiders, led by Gearring and Kennedy Hulittle, rallied. Waubonsie trailed 30-29 when a big kill by Minarick, a Bolingbrook hitting error, and a kill for match-point by Katie Campbell closed the match.
“I don’t expect anything to be easy in the playoffs,” Stuart said. “Bolingbrook was never ready to give up. They made a lot of great saves to keep them in it. We did a great job siding-out at the end and holding our composure Our team blocking was really strong.”
Campbell had seven blocks, Taylor Dunwell had six and Minarick and Caroline Cordes had five apiece.
“Nothing touched the ground,” Bolingbrook coach Andrea Bercot said. “Waubonsie played everything. There’s nothing more our team could have done, and as a coach that’s all you can want from your team. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
In addition to her 19 kills Gearring also had nine digs and two blocks. Nicole Gambon had 13 assists and Leah Rose had six digs for the Raiders.