Girls Volleyball: Marian Catholic outlasts T.F. South
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media August 29, 2012 10:44PM
Amber Clay, of Marian Catholic, spikes the ball against TF South at Marian Catholic, Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 in Chicago Heights, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2012 5:03PM
Holding a 16-4 advantage midway through the first set, it appeared No. 9 Marian Catholic was on its way to a short night of work against T.F. South.
Instead, the Rebels forced Marian Catholic to work overtime, turning the match into a three-set slugfest Wednesday night with the host Spartans prevailing 25-13, 17-25, 25-21 in Chicago Heights.
Marian Catholic setter Colleen Rynne spearheaded the attack. The senior dished 27 assists and ripped off 12 consecutive service points in the blowout first set.
“I’ve been working really hard on my serve this year. I wanted to make sure I got the float (serve) down so I can rally those points for my team,” Rynne said. “I know a lot of the girls were tense for the first home game. We wanted to zone in and not worry about anything else other than us.”
The third set seesawed, but Marian (6-1) found its groove, turning a 10-all tie into an 18-12 lead. Middle hitter Kendyll Todd (9 kills, 4 blocks) put the game away with the final two kills of the match.
Amber Clay (13 kills) and Allyson Brooks (6 blocks) also contributed for Marian.
“The preseason hype was all about who we were missing — and we are missing some very talented kids — but now we’re a little more focused on who we have,” Spartans coach Ryan Summers said.
Guiding T.F. South (2-1) was 6-foot-2 sophomore Briana Lilly (12 kills, 8 blocks). Lilly’s aggressive play at the net helped spark the South assault in the second set.
“Ultimately, it was our passing in the third game that lead to our demise,” Rebels coach Kim Sands said. “(Lilly) did a good job at the net. Even in the third, I don’t think she let’s the pressure get to her.”
Crystal Lee and Ashytn Kapovich added 14 and 13 digs, respectively, for the Rebels.