Girls Volleyball: Chicago Christian defeats Oak Lawn
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2012 10:46PM
Jessica Krygsheld, of Chicago Christian, gets the deflection and the point off of Oak Lawn's defense at Oak Lawn H.S., Monday, August 27th, 2012 in Oak Lawn, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 29, 2012 6:18AM
It’s probably not the best year for Chicago Christian to move from Class 2A to 3A, given there’s more youth than usual on the roster.
But as far as Jessica Krygsheld is concerned, bring it on.
“It’s going to be a challenge. But who doesn’t like a challenge, right?” she said with a smile Monday after Chicago Christian defeated host Oak Lawn 26-24, 25-23.
Krygsheld led the way for the No. 10 Knights (6-1) with seven kills. Emily Lindemulder added six and Sami Bruinius four. Emily Workman contributed 24 assists and 14 digs and Maggie Cavanaugh 10 digs.
Becky Bradshaw (8 kills, 12 digs), Simona Tomczak (5 kills, 12 digs), Rachel Kestian (16 assists) and Olivia Linder (17 digs) led Oak Lawn (1-1).
Chicago Christian had the first mini-breakaway in Set 1 when Lindemulder served for five straight points to erase a 19-18 deficit. Oak Lawn battled back via power hitting by Bradshaw and an ace by Tracy Peck.
It was 24-all when the Spartans committed an unforced error and Anna Persenaire slammed down a kill for the Knights. Set 2 saw a similar pattern, with Oak Lawn again rallying after being down 20-15, only to have Krygsheld slam the door at 24-23 with a match-point kill.
With four juniors and a sophomore among the regulars in the lineup, Chicago Christian coach James Garcia projected some growing pains. But the Knights got off to a quick start, beating Shepard in their season opener and notching a second-place finish in their own weekend tournament.
“Because we have a young team we’re still learning, but I think we’re going to get really far this year,” Krygsheld said. “Playing in matches like these (against bigger schools) are a lot of help for when we go to state. It helps to play the bigger schools and be the underdog.”
Bradshaw, a 5-foot-9 outside, is the leading hitter on an Oak Lawn team deeper in that department than in recent years.
“We are, but we need to stress the defensive side of the ball,” Spartans coach Dennis McNamara said. “We’ve had some inconsistency in that aspect. Sometimes our block is a little late, then the defense behind it doesn’t know where to play.
“When you’re matched up with a team of (Chicago Christian’s) caliber, it comes down to who makes plays on the defensive side of the ball. They made a few more plays than we did.”