Girls Volleyball: Lemont outlasts Joliet Central
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 26, 2013 9:44PM
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:35AM
The ups and downs, the nerves and tension.
Sure, volleyball can be pretty nerve-racking, but as Lemont’s Kelly Ferguson points out, it’s supposed to be fun, too.
Opening the season Monday at Joliet Central and seeing a potential match-winning point called back, Ferguson didn’t mope or pout. She smiled.
“It’s really important to stay calm and after big points get excited a little bit,” Ferguson said. “We’ve been working so hard at practice, and we needed to stay calm, but we need to have a little fun, too.”
Ferguson responded with a huge block that helped turn the tide, Lemont raring back for a 25-12, 27-25 win at Joliet Central.
The Austin Peay-bound Ferguson finished with five blocks and three kills to lead Lemont. Blair Cremerius (5 kills), Cara Howell (4 kills), Katy Klein (16 assists, 6 service aces) and Haley Sullivan (7 digs) also chipped in.
In an uneven second set, Lemont found itself ahead 24-23 on a Ferguson kill. The senior middle followed with a block at the net that would have been the game-winner, but the officials ruled her hands were over the net.
No panic moment here. Ferguson was ready.
“I knew we had it, knew we had to kill that momentum,” Ferguson said.
After a Joliet Central kill from Kelsey Frain put the Steelmen up 25-24, Ferguson came through on set point, blocking Frain.
Given a second chance, the Indians capitalized with Ali Lund providing a kill. On match point, Central hit into the net on serve-receive off Klein’s serve.
“I’m standing there thinking, ‘Katy, stay calm. It’s going to be OK,’ ” Klein said with a laugh. “Serving has always been one of my stronger suits, so I knew I had to do it for my team.”
Klein’s service run included four aces as Lemont raced to a 9-0 lead in the first set.
Joliet Central was led by Frain (8 kills, 5 digs), Brittney Lange (5 digs), Hana Cromer (10 assists), Emily Eichholzer (6 kills, 5 digs) and Brenna Rande (10 assists).
“We come out with a lot of energy, but now we see what we have to work on,” Central coach Suzzie Bambule said.
“Lemont is a solid, versatile team, and with some work we can be the team that we want to be.”