Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley makes quick work of Oak Park-River Forest
By Tony Baranek email@example.com November 9, 2013 4:30PM
McAuley's Caeley Hynes spikes the ball past Oak Park River Forest's Meg Valenti (left) and Emma Dunne (center) during the Super-Sectional match in La Grange on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 9, 2014 2:30AM
It got pretty windy in Mother McAuley’s bus when a plexiglass door panel flew off on the way to Lyons Township High School on Saturday.
That was nothing, however, compared to how the Mighty Macs blew away Oak Park-River Forest in a 25-12, 25-14 victory to capture the Class 4A Lyons Supsersectional and earn a berth in next weekend’s state finals at Illinois State University.
Courtney Joyce had 20 assists, six kills and six digs, Kelsey Clark six kills, Kayla Caffey five kills, Carla Cahill eight digs, Kennedy Arundel three kills and two aces and Ryann DeJarld seven digs as McAuley improved to 38-2.
Oak Park (30-10) was led by Kiley Nelson (5 kills), Symone Speech (5 kills), Amy Schembari (13 assists) and Allie Nelson (10 digs).
Save for a few points early on, the Mighty Macs dominated from start to a quick finish.
“We always hope to and we always come in like we’re going to win every point,” Joyce said. “It’s always high intensity on our side.”
Oak Park showed no fear at the outset, winning the first point on a kill by Speech and going up 3-1 on a kill by Nelson.
McAuley, however, responded with an ace. It was only the tip of the serving iceberg that would freeze the Huskies in their tracks.
Jenny Phelan was the first to go on a point binge for the Mighty Macs, scoring six in a row as Oak Park began committing myriad unforced errors after difficult serve receives.
Caffey put a stamp on the 7-0 run with a straight-down blast on an assist from Joyce. Later, another Caffey quick-set kill set the table for Cahill to go to the line and serve up six straight points.
It was during that stretch when Clark did her damage, going back-to-back-to-back with a block and two kills.
Clark struck again from the middle to start Set 2, opening the door for Amber Casey to serve the Mighty Macs to a 5-0 lead. After Maggie Scanlon went on a three-kill flurry to make it 16-4, McAuley coach Jen DeJarld subbed liberally.
“We get more and more pumped the closer we get to state,” Phelan said. “Today we just came out fired up. We didn’t know that much about them. We were just told to stick to our game plan.”
For Oak Park, it was the furthest advancement since 1987, when the Huskies finished second in Class AA behind Mother McAuley.
“We got here, to the supersectionals. That’s the consolation,” Oak Park coach Don August said. “I think you need to be here a few times to get the feel for magnitude of the match.
“They (McAuley) are just a good team. I thought we could do a little better job at the net against them, but I was worried about their serving. We always say you’ve got to win serve and serve-receive. They certainly won both aspects of that game as well as the other aspects of the match.”