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Girls Volleyball: Chicago Christian falls short

There were tears smiles hugging Chicago Christian sideline after their 2 set loss St. Francis supersectional championship. Chicago Christian (19)

There were tears, smiles and hugging on the Chicago Christian sideline after their 2 set loss to St. Francis in the supersectional championship. Chicago Christian (19) Elise Haan and (5) Emily Lindemuler hug and smile after the loss. The St. Francis High School Spartans played the Chicago Christian Knights in the Chicago Christian 3A Supersectional championship at Chicago Christian 12001 Oak Park Ave, Palos Hts, Il on Saturday evening 11-3-12. St. Francis won in 2 sets.| Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 3, 2013 1:27AM



Having qualified for state in Class 2A the previous three years, including winning the state title in 2010, Chicago Christian was bumped up to 3A this season.

For senior Emily Lindemulder and her teammates, they welcomed the test.

“We were up for the challenge,” Lindemulder said. “We’ve been doing so well in 2A, so when we found out, we were a little scared but we just wanted to take it on full force.”

Chicago Christian’s 3A playoff run came to an end Saturday in a 25-22, 25-15 loss to Wheaton St. Francis in a supersectional.

Lindemulder (5 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks), Emily Workman (16 assists), Sami Brunius (5 kills, 10 digs) and Maggie Cavanaugh (9 digs) led the host Knights (24-16).

Falling behind 18-12 in the first set, Lindemulder helped spark a comeback. The senior middle had three kills, an ace and a 4-0 service run that helped Chicago Christian tie things at 20.

The Spartans countered with some help from across the net. Chicago Christian committed four errors late to hand St. Francis the set.

“It was a little frustrating, but we gave it our all as a team,” Lindemulder said. “We couldn’t ask for more.”

Wheaton St. Francis was dominant in the second set, going up by 10 points twice, and getting the game-winner on Maddie Haggerty’s kill.

“It was uncharted territory for us being up here in 3A,” Chicago Christian coach James Garcia said. “The girls came out and wanted it in that first set and it was one or two mistakes. The second game, we got into a rut, and you can’t get down against a team with that many weapons. You have to stick close.”

McKenna Kelsay finished with 21 assists for Wheaton St. Francis (35-5), which will play Champaign Centennial at 4:30 p.m. Friday in a 3A semifinal at Redbird Arena in Normal.



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