Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way West defeats Andrew
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 11, 2012 10:38PM
Lincoln-Way West's Therese Schultz hits into the Andrew defense. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:58PM
A win was one thing Tuesday night for Lincoln-Way West’s Sarah Wegrzyn.
The Warriors never had defeated Andrew in all three of their previous match-ups through West’s short three-year history.
Wegrzyn and her teammates wanted this one, and early on the nerves became an issue.
“Andrew always is one of those matches,” Wegrzyn said. “We’ve never beaten them. It was that thought early on, ‘We’ve never beat them,’ and it became a mental thing. We had to fight harder.”
Overcoming early struggles in the first set, Lincoln-Way West regrouped for an at-times dominant third set in a 21-25, 25-21, 25-15 SouthWest Suburban Red win at Andrew.
Wegrzyn (14 kills, 10 digs), Carissa Lorenz (10 kills), Therese Schultz (10 kills), Hannah Chesley (25 digs) and Kelly Staack (17 assists) led No. 8 West (12-3, 1-0). Tara Adams (8 kills), Angela Robison (39 digs) and Nicole Bernardi (21 assists, 12 digs) led Andrew (2-9, 0-1).
West broke open a tie at 18 in the second set with a 7-3 run that included three Lorenz kills.
“After that second set we had a lot of confidence built up,” Wegrzyn said. “We had to just keep going, knowing we can do this.”
Struggling to overcome inconsistency at times, the Warriors finally had an extended run. After a net touch gave Andrew a 7-6 advantage, things fell into place for West.
Schultz had five kills, Wegrzyn three and Lorenz two as part of a balanced attack that sparked a match-closing 18-8 roll. Sitting on match point, Wegrzyn’s 14th kill was dug out of bounds by Andrew.
“When it comes down to game three sometimes, it can go any direction,” Andrew coach Courtney Stoub said. “We had opportunities where the pass wasn’t quite there and you try to better it, or the pass is there but we get a ballhandling error. We just needed to buckle down.”