Girls Volleyball: Lockport fends off Morris
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 12, 2013 8:30PM
Updated: September 12, 2013 10:20PM
Lockport’s Lindsey Visvardis took the court Thursday brimming with energy.
So when the Porters came out and fell behind to visiting Morris, the junior libero was there to pick them up.
Visvardis rattled off a 10-0 service run to close the first set, and from there Lockport was able to hold off a feisty Morris team in the second in a 25-17, 25-20 win.
“I think we just needed a good run there,” Visvardis said. “We were struggling, and I think I had that energy and momentum and just kept coming (at them).”
Visvardis finished with five service aces to lead Lockport (4-4), which hadn’t played a Sept. 3 loss to Mother McAuley. Kayla Pfeiffer (13 digs, 7 kills, 4 assists), Olivia Witsaman (9 assists, 4 kills) and Rachel Weis (9 digs) also contributed for the Porters.
Trailing 17-14 in the opening set, Lockport appeared to be in trouble against an energetic Morris squad. After a Redskins service error, Visvardis turned things around in a flash. The junior rattled one service point after another, including two aces, to rally Lockport to the win. Witsaman slammed a kill deep in the corner for the set winner as Lockport closed on an 11-0 run.
“The coaches told me where to serve, and once I had the momentum nothing was going to stop me,” Visvardis said. “I knew we needed those points.”
Leading by as many as eight points in Set 2, Pfeiffer and Co. had to fend off a fast-charging Morris team. Pfeiffer and Morris’ Kaylin Korte (7 kills, 13 digs) went toe to toe late, but the Lockport star had Witsaman and Meredith Friscia backing her up.
Pfeiffer, Witsaman and Friscia all had two kills apiece to hold off the Morris charge. The Redskins drew as close as 21-19 on a JoAnna Nowicki (6 kills, 6 digs) kill.
“We came into the second game knowing that they were going to play back at us,” Pfeiffer said. “Everybody hit well, and we knew we had to play like we did the first game.”
Morris (5-3) got contributions from Cara Cummings (8 assists, 3 kills) and Austin Thompson (10 assists).
“We need to stay focused and not be looking around,” Morris coach Jackie Litwiller said. “We have moments of greatness, and then not.”