Girls Volleyball: Providence overcomes hiccups, earns crown
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 25, 2012 9:26PM
Providence's Allison Errthum digs a ball against St. Charles North. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 25, 2012 2:01AM
Providence coach Rachel Ellingson couldn’t quite put her finger on it.
Playing in the Plainfield North Tournament championship match Saturday, the Celtics looked awful one second. And the next second? Well, they were far from awful.
Led by Becca Rachke’s service run and Annie Cummings’ attacks at the net, Providence regrouped from a deficit in the third game to earn a 25-16, 17-25, 25-18 win over Naperville North in the 16-team tournament.
“We hadn’t played before this tournament so I expected some hiccups,” Ellingson said. “Nothing that can’t be fixed, and we did have some hiccups. If we serve tough though, that’s key.”
Eight late Providence errors in the second set appeared to roll over as Naperville North kept the momentum into the third set. The Huskies took a 9-2 lead behind five service aces.
The Celtics finally got as close as 15-12 after a Cummings kill. Rachke (5 kills) then stepped to the service line and rattled off eight service points. Cummings had five kills during Raschke’s service run.
When all was said and done, Providence turned a three-point deficit into a five-point advantage with the 9-0 run.
“We were communicating during the run and having fun,” Cummings said. “Whenever someone is on, (setter) Krista Brakauskas tries to get them the ball. She’s a great setter and really knows how to spread the ball around.”
There would be no slowing down the Celtics. Alyssa Maloney had two aces and a kill, and Cummings and Brakauskas added a kill apiece to cap a match-closing 14-3 run.
“Becca did a great job serving, and the comeback really shows the character of our team,” Ellingson said. “I can’t complain for our first weekend out and I look forward to seeing what’s next.”
Brakauskas (19 assists, 6 kills), Cummings (11 kills), Maloney (7 kills) and Allie Marthaler (14 digs) led Providence (4-1).
Marian Catholic beat St. Charles North 25-13, 25-21 in the championship bracket third-place match.
Lincoln-Way North beat Batavia 15-25, 25-22, 25-20 in the bronze bracket championship match.