Girls Volleyball: Joliet West outlasts Lincoln-Way West
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media September 19, 2013 8:22PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:48PM
Thursday’s first set was far from a good one for Joliet West. In fact, it was downright ugly.
The 14 unforced errors were a testament to that.
But for Elexis Coleman and her Tigers teammates, no drastic measures were needed to turn things around. They kept it simple.
Regrouping from the first set, Joliet West dominated the second set and held off a comeback in the third to take a 22-25, 25-11, 25-19 win over visiting Lincoln-Way West in a SouthWest Suburban crossover.
“We pushed through the hard times and started making plays,” Coleman said. “When we were down, we came back fighting and firing.”
Coleman was a do-it-all star for Joliet West (5-5), piling up 15 kills, six digs, four blocks and two service aces. Kailey Foster (14 digs, 8 kills, 2 aces), Jalyn Vertin (6 blocks, 3 kills) and Shannon Doran (21 assists) chipped in for the Tigers.
Shaking off the Set 1 loss, Coleman came out possessed on offense in the second. The junior outside racked up six kills, both of her aces and a block. Her sixth kill of the set grazed off her hand and fell over the net for the winner.
“I was really seeing the court well,” Coleman said. “I was able to see spots in the defense. We had to forget about the last one and move onto the next.”
Trailing 15-14 in the third set, a Foster kill tied things up. Joliet West closed the set on an 11-4 run, aided by five Lincoln-Way West errors.
“It’s always good to fight for what you deserve,” Foster said with a laugh. “We stayed calm, kept each other calm and talked each other through it.”
Carissa Lorenz was a wrecking crew on offense for Lincoln-Way West (10-5) with 15 kills. Rachel Johnson (10 digs, 5 kills), Katie Davis (34 assists) and Katelyn Radovich (12 digs) aided the cause for the Warriors.
“Just a lot of unforced errors,” Lincoln-Way West coach Rory Harrison said. “Coleman had a great match, and we just didn’t adapt to it.”