Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way West tops Mount Assisi for Rich South Invite crown
By Tony Baranek email@example.com September 14, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:58AM
Lincoln-Way West senior Carissa Lorenz was a really big Mount Assisi fan during the Eagles’ semifinal match against Kennedy in Saturday’s Rich South Invitational.
“Yes, I was. I was rooting for them the whole way,” she said.
Good friends? Not exactly.
Revenge was the real motivator.
Lorenz was pumped for a rematch after the Warriors had lost to Mount Assisi in pool play. She got her wish and made the most of it, leading West to a 31-29, 25-23 victory in the title match.
Lorenz, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter, finished with 11 kills and three blocks. Katie Davis added 25 assists, Mary Kate Gaffney 11 digs and Rachel Johnson nine digs as the Warriors (10-4) won the invitational for the fourth straight year.
“It feels great,” said Lorenz, who is the only varsity member to have been there for all four titles. “Freshman year it was such a new experience for me. Since I’ve been here for so many years, it’s good to come out and end it with a win, too.”
Kelly Magliano (13 kills, 2 blocks), MaryKate Wetzel (17 assists), Anna Broadhurst (13 digs) and Jessica Jakubowski (10 digs) paced Mount Assisi (10-10).
In Friday’s pool play match, the Eagles prevailed 25-15, 27-25.
“The first match was really kind of slow for us,” Lorenz said. “We needed to come here and just have some confidence to come back from that loss.”
Mount Assisi’s semifinal match, a 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Kennedy, went much longer than West’s two-setter (26-16, 25-17) with Bradley’s JV squad. If the Eagles were tired, though, they didn’t show it.
The title match was pretty much a point-for-point proposition, with Lorenz and the 6-foot Magliano matching each other in the middle. The biggest lead for either team was a five-point advantage by West twice in Set 2.
In Set 1 both teams had chances to close out. Mount Assisi, up 29-28, had a spike by Magliano go down, but it was negated by a net call. Dani Morgan followed with a block for West, and the set ended on a hitting error by the Eagles.
Down 17-12 in Set 2, Mount Assisi roared back behind a block by Magliano, a kill by Broadhurst and an ace by Jakubowski. Magliano later went back-to-back with kills to turn a 24-21 situation into a nailbiter.
Again, however, West got the job finished when Lorenz took a quick set from Davis and rammed it home for the match-winner.
“Without the rest I think we still came out strong,” Magliano said. “I think we gave it all we had. We beat them in pool play, but I think they just came out with fire under them and wanted to beat us more than they did earlier. We just fell short.”