Girls Volleyball: Chicago Christian steps past Ag. Science
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media October 30, 2012 11:00PM
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:45PM
It wasn’t much of a test, but Chicago Christian will take what it can get.
After outscoring its first two postseason opponents 100-36 en route to a regional title, No. 9 Chicago Christian defeated Ag. Science 25-20, 25-15 on Tuesday night in a Class 3A Rich East Sectional semifinal.
The Knights (23-15) will face Illiana Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sectional final. The Knights beat the Vikings in three sets earlier this season.
“It kept us on our toes. (Ag. Science) had good approaches and nice swings, and we really hadn’t seen that yet in the playoffs,” Chicago Christian coach James Garcia said. “To come up against a team like that with one or two days of practice and having not scouted them, I thought we handled ourselves pretty well.”
Emily Lindemulder (8 kills, 3 aces), Jessica Krygsheld (6 kills) and Emily Workman (15 assists) led the Knights.
Chicago Christian took a commanding 20-10 first-set advantage after Lindemulder’s third ace, but the Cyclones (19-7) battled back behind Carley Trinley (5 kills). Trinley notched three of her kills over an eight-point stretch as Ag. Science closed to within 20-18.
Workman responded with a few tough serves, and the Knights didn’t look back the rest of the match.
“One of the things we did in the first game was try a new lineup,” Garcia said. “We went back to our normal lineup — what we’ve worked with all season — and I think they played with more confidence. That helped us in the second game.”
Chicago Christian registered 23 kills to just 11 by Ag. Science. Much of the disparity had to do with Chicago Christian’s stellar backcourt defense as Lindemulder, Maggie Cavanaugh, Megan Kamp and Sami Bruinius all totaled six digs.