Girls Volleyball: McAuley victorious at Rich East Invite
Mistakes? They’re pretty much inevitable.
But it appears that complacency won’t be a problem this season for Mother McAuley.
They might have targets on their backs due to their ranking and publicity, but the Mighty Macs also have chips on their shoulders.
“We’re sick of third place. That’s all I know,” a smiling Ryann DeJarld said after McAuley beat Wheaton St. Francis 25-20, 25-22 Saturday in the championship match at the Rich East Invitational.
“We were third at state (last season). In our tournament at Louisville we were third,” DeJarld said. “A lot of people see us as a really big target and stuff, but they don’t know that our past with tournaments hasn’t been as successful as they think. So this is a really big deal to us.”
DeJarld led the Mighty Macs (17-1) to comebacks in both sets against St. Francis with 10 kills and 10 digs. Courtney Joyce added 23 assists, 10 digs and five kills, Kelsey Clark eight kills, Carla Cahill 14 digs, Maggie Scanlon three kills and Kennedy Arundel three aces and three kills.
St. Francis (21-2) was paced by Maddie Haggerty (5 kills, 6 digs), Molly Haggerty (3 kills, 6 digs), Sam Dubiel (12 digs), Daniele Messa (7 assists) and Mary Boken (3 kills).
In racing to an 11-5 lead in Set 1 behind aces by Lisa Mordell and Molly Haggerty and kills by Maddie Haggerty and Kamryn Malloy, St. Francis also took advantage of five unforced errors.
It was 17-13 Spartans before the Mighty Macs really kicked into gear, starting with a kill by Arundel. Arundel then went to the service line and scored five more points.
Tied at 19-all, DeJarld came up huge for McAuley with three consecutive kills that finally allowed the Mighty Macs to secure the set.
Trailing 4-1 in Set 2, McAuley went in front for good when DeJarld put down a kill from the back row to make it 8-7. Scanlon had two key spikes for kills to stop St. Francis from multiplying on previous points.
“This was really important to get us ready for the Asics Challenge,” Scanlon said. “It was a great team effort. We all just put everything we had out there.”
The loss was St. Francis’s second of the season to McAuley.
“A very good match. I’m not complaining,” Spartans coach Peg Kopec said. “When you play a team of that caliber it points out things that you need to work on. And they’re a good team.”
Marist captured third place with a 25-15, 25-23 win over Lincoln-Way Central.
The RedHawks (12-5) were led by Lizzie Zaleski (12 kills), Cameron Enright (6 kills, 9 digs), Carolyn Yerkes (18 digs) and Molly Mayo (26 assists, 2 blocks).
Maria Brown had six kills and eight digs, Jackie Langer three kills, four blocks and seven digs, and Mariel Leibovitz 14 assists for Central (13-4).
In the ‘B’ division, Lemont defeated Lockport 25-20, 25-11 in the title match. Lyons beat Marian Catholic 25-11, 25-19 to take the ‘C’ division crown, while Lincoln-Way East downed Andrew 25-19, 25-13 to claim the ‘D’ division.