Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way North trims Stagg
By Tony Baranek email@example.com September 16, 2013 8:54PM
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:17AM
There will be no rematch for the SouthWest Suburban Red title between Stagg and Lincoln-Way North.
Realignment shifted Stagg to the Blue Division.
Monday’s crossover, however, was played with a championship-match intensity, especially Set 2, as North dominated early but eventually had to claw its way to a 25-14, 30-28 victory.
Rachel Burkman had six kills, Erin Dilger five kills, Niki Wagner 11 digs, Shannon Murphy 19 assists and six digs and Casey Zimmerman four blocks for North (8-1).
Stagg (3-6) was led by Lexi Mantas (11 kill, 15 digs), Hannah Henderson (3 kills, 7 digs) and Hannah Yandel (18 assists).
“This definitely felt good — to come back and beat them after that loss last year (for the Blue title),” a smiling Murphy said.
For a while, it appeared it would be a cruise. Zimmerman and Brittany Pappas were effective at the net for the Phoenix in Set 1, while Stagg pretty much self-destructed with 14 unforced errors.
The Chargers were a different team in Set 2, Mantas in particular. The 5-foot-11 middle had eight kills, three of them from the back row. Stagg turned away three match points before getting a chance to close out the set at 28-27.
Zimmerman came up huge for North at that point, ending a back-and-forth tipfest at the net with a block that gently fell to the floor on Stagg’s side. Kylie Snyder followed with a spike for kill down the left side, after which a Chargers hitting error ended the match.
“I think we were scared to make mistakes, but we never really let down,” Zimmerman said. “We’ve had a few close matches. We’re getting better at finishing.”
For Stagg, which took Providence to three sets Sept. 11, it was the second straight match against a quality opponent in which the largely inexperienced Chargers showed the fight of a defending champion.
“I wouldn’t say this very often because we did lose it, but I thought that second game was fun,” Stagg coach Deanna Storino said. “Trading points is a very hard thing to do in a match. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out to our advantage, but I thought it was fun.”