Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley storms past Joliet Catholic
By Tony Baranek email@example.com August 28, 2013 9:26PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:48AM
Host Mother McAuley entered Wednesday’s season opener against Joliet Catholic as the No. 1 team in the Chicago area and the No. 2 team in the nation.
During the match, the Mighty Macs pretty much showed why in a 25-11, 25-15 victory.
“I think they’re a well-oiled machine. I think they’re definitely a state contender,” Angels coach Christine Scheibe said. “For the next two years they will be impressive to watch.”
Kelsey Clark led the way for the Mighty Macs (1-0) with seven kills and two blocks, while Gabrielle Ennis (3 kills, 4 blocks), Courtney Joyce (16 assists, 5 digs, 3 blocks), Carla Cahill (10 digs) and Ryann DeJarld (7 digs, 3 kills, 2 aces) also starred.
For Joliet Catholic (1-1), which beat Stagg in its first match Monday, Mary Murphy had four kills and five assists, Madeline Grimm three kills and two blocks and Mallory Krzysciak nine digs.
There were a lot of juniors on the floor for both teams, but the experience edge was all McAuley’s, with five juniors who were front-liners on the 2012 team that finished third in the state in Class 4A.
There was a lot of hype going in. A lot of expectations.
“We all had the first-match jitters because we were excited to play,” Clark said. “But even though we had that in the back of our minds, we just shut it out and got into game mode.”
Indeed, from the moment Joyce stepped to the line and served for the first three points thanks to her own ace and kills by Kennedy Arundel and DeJarld, the Mighty Macs for the most part looked sharp.
“I don’t think we had anything to prove, I think every match you just have to come in with the same mentality,” Ennis said. “JCA is always a strong team. Look at their history.
“We know that there is a target on our backs. I’m just happy that we had a good start. In the second game we were a little shaky but we really pushed through. I’m proud of that.”
DeJarld was the best of a bevy of consistent servers who made just five errors. Ennis made her 6-foot frame appear larger at the net, while the McAuley defense, led by Cahill, held the Angels to just 12 kills.
One of the kills, by Grimm, gave Joliet Catholic its only lead of the night at 1-0 in Set 2. The Angels hung tough until McAuley used a 6-0 run featuring a block by Ennis, a kill by Maggie Scanlon and an ace by DeJarld to break a 13-9 proposition wide open.
“Our goal is to compete,” Scheibe said. “That’s what we wanted to do. At moments we did, and at other moments we did not (Wednesday).”