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Girls Volleyball: Marist rolls past Hinsdale South

Updated: August 27, 2013 10:33PM



Marist and Hinsdale South went into Tuesday’s season opener in Darien two teams in rebuilding mode.

One was very obviously further along in the process.

The “new” Marist, in fact, look suspiciously like most of the old Marists — in a word, dominant.

“We’ve been working hard for the past four weeks,” Colleen Reilly said after the RedHawks’ 25-12, 25-12 victory. “We came out here ready.”

Reilly, a 6-foot middle, was a force at the net for Marist with eight kills and four blocks. Cameron Enright added six kills and Molly Mayo 21 assists, while the only returning RedHawks’ starter, libero Carolyn Yerkes, had 10 digs.

Emily Drenth had three kills, Sarah Garringer six digs and Elizabeth Niestrom seven assists for Hinsdale South.

It was a mega-successful debut for first-year Marist coach Julie Popp Hopkins. Her charges looked not only prepared, but in control basically from start to finish.

There were few mis-hits, minimal errors overall. Molly Mayo, who saw significant playing time in 2012, effectively spread the ball around and caught Hinsdale South on four occasions with dumps for kill.

“It’s great, especially working with younger players,” Mayo said. “I get to mix it up. I think even the seniors who are just starting this year are coming into their own.”

Set 1 was competitive at 15-12 Marist when the RedHawks finished with a 10-0 flourish. It began with a power kill by Lizzie Zaleski and a dump by Mayo and ended on a kill out of a scramble from the left side by Enright after a nice feed from a sprawling Mayo.

The Hornets led Set 2 twice, at 1-0 and 2-1, both points coming on kills by the 5-10 Drenth. Marist, however, would go on to score in spurts, using runs of 5-0, 3-0 and 2-0 to pull away, all the while holding Hinsdale South to single points in between.

The Hornets, 31-8 a year ago, have some work to do.

“The seven who graduated last year were our foundation,” Hinsdale South coach Lisa Martinez said. “So we’re very young, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I feel that saying we’re young is kind of a crutch right now.

“The pieces that we have left have to step up. They have to find their drive, what drives them to play. I think it’s there, it’s just relaxing and remembering how to play basic volleyball.”



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