Girls Volleyball: Lockport overcomes Minooka
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 27, 2013 8:36PM
Updated: August 27, 2013 10:33PM
As a senior middle for Lockport, Amber Stefanski will be counted on this season to provide a presence at the net for the Porters.
However, as she showed Tuesday in Lockport’s season opener, Stefanski can finesse with the best.
Stefanski had three float kills late in the second set to help Lockport to a 25-17, 25-22 win at Minooka.
“I had some blocks early in the game so I knew going on that I would have to work on placing the ball,” Stefanski said. “You remember if you get blocked early, so you don’t just want to go up swinging and get blocked again.”
Stefanski had six kills for Lockport (1-0). Lindsey Visvardis (8 digs), Rachel Weis (8 assists, 7 digs), MacKenzie Wasowicz (5 blocks) and Kayla Pfeiffer (5 kills, 5 assists) also contributed.
“We’re hoping to carry this energy with us (going forward),” Stefanski said.
That energy came courtesy of some second set heroics for the Porters. Trailing most of the way, Lockport regained control late, going up 21-20 on a Wasowicz kill and a Minooka net violation.
With the host Indians throwing their best counterattack at Lockport, Stefanski scored three of the Porters’ final four points on gentle kills that found holes in the defense. She placed the match-winning kill between two Minooka defenders, her sixth kill of the night.
The Porters came out firing defensively in the first set, digging one Minooka attack after another.
“We were nervous coming out, but we pulled it together really well,” Wasowicz said. “We knew defense was going to be a strong part of our game. Minooka is a tall team, but we got to where we needed to be on defense.”
Skyler Day (5 kills), Brenna Perinar (6 kills) and Natalie Yard (5 digs) contributed for Minooka (0-1).
“We started to doubt some (in the second set),” Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said. “When we make mistakes, we start to play safe. We encourage the girls to take chances. We’re focusing right now on mental training because the girls have a lot of skill.”