Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way Central beats Andrew
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2012 11:14PM
Andrew's Kelsey Lafin (3) hits into the Lincoln-Way Central defense. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:47PM
It’s great to have choices. Lincoln-Way Central setter Kaitlyn Siadek seems to have an endless supply.
At least it seemed that when she was spraying the ball all over the court in the Knights’ 25-16, 25-11 victory Tuesday over visiting Andrew.
“It’s so much fun,” Siadek said with a smile. “This (match), in particular, was so much fun because everyone got in basically, everyone had a chance to show the other team and their fans what they had.”
Amanda Dolan had the most for Central (2-1), with 11 kills and six blocks. The 6-foot-3 senior nearly was unstoppable in the middle on quick sets from Siadek, and her presence at the net defensively was more than just a little intimidating.
“That’s all I’ve been working on in the offseason pretty much,” Dolan said. “I played club also, so pretty much all year I’ve been working on blocking back and forth.”
The dominance didn’t end with Dolan.
Jacqueline Langer, a 5-11 outside, had eight kills and two blocks. She would have had nine kills but was called for reaching over on one spike that went straight to the floor, about a foot in front of the net. Maria Brown, a 5-8 outside, had six kills.
Siadek totaled 22 assists, Claire Vrabec had 19 service points, while Morgan Commet (18 digs) and Brown (9 digs) paced the defense.
It was close for a while in Set 1, only 10-9 Central after a Nicole Bernardi kill for Andrew. Dolan had two kills and three blocks during a 7-0 run that shook the Knights loose. Vrabec turned Set 2 into a runaway early with a 9-0 service run at the start.
Finishing 26-12 last year, the Knights have even bigger plans for 2012.
“I think we’re even better than last year,” Langer said. “We have a better offense, I think, and our serve-receive is getting there and on defense we’re better getting to the ball.”
Andrew (2-6), which at one point was 2-0, was led by Tara Adams (5 kills, 3 digs) and Stephanie Aimone (9 assists).
“We had a hard time siding out initially and then when you are down the way we were in Game 2 it’s tough to come back against a good team like Lincoln-Way Central,” Andrew coach Courtney Stoub said.
“It was challenging. I thought the girls continued to serve tough and they were fighting all the way through. We just can’t let them get a run like that.”