Girls Volleyball: Oak Lawn outlasts Richards
By Tony Baranek email@example.com September 24, 2013 8:10PM
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:30AM
Oak Lawn was far from a well-oiled machine in its 29-27 South Suburban Red victory Tuesday over visiting Richards.
At times, in fact, there were parts flying all over the place.
When it mattered, though, the Spartans were crunch-time conquerors.
“Sometimes we get nervous and we make mistakes and lose points,” outside hitter Simona Tomczak said. “But we come back from those mistakes and win because we’re a very good team.
“We just need more practice, practice and practice. Because when you don’t practice good, you don’t play good.”
Tomczak had nine kills and 10 digs, while Becky Bradshaw contributed 13 kills and five digs and Christina Egan 23 assists as Oak Lawn improved to 10-3, 5-1.
Shannon Gardner had five kills, Megan Albon four kills, Brianna LaPapa five blocks and Camille Losoya 17 digs for Richards (14-5, 5-2).
The Spartans were pretty consistent in both sets, getting off to huge early leads, wallowing through malaise from of unforced errors and finding a way to get it done at the end.
In Set 1 it was 13-4 with Bradshaw dominating at the net when the 5-foot-9 outside went to the back row. Richards responded with an ace by Dana Wujcik and a tip for kill by Haley Barker, but the rest of the points that created a 15-all tie came on Oak Lawn errors.
Bree Markusic tipped for kill to help the Spartans avoid falling behind. The margin hovered between one and three points before Bradshaw tooled a Richards defender’s block for the set-winning kill.
In Set 2, it was 11-3 before Richards found its footing. Once again, the Bulldogs were able to get back into a tie, with Gardner coming up key on two occasions.
A kill by LaPapa gave the Bulldogs a late lead, and another miscue by Oak Lawn put them at set point at 27-26. Bradshaw, however, came up huge with a crosscourt kill for the tie and Tracy Peck froze the defense with a spike that dropped in just in front of the back line. A Richards hitting error ended the match.
“You can’t get into holes where we have serve-receive like that,” Richards coach Troy Grevengoed said. “Our senior leaders need to step on the court and pass the ball.
“(Tuesday’s) focus was, ‘If we pass the ball we’re going to contend. If we’re not going to pass and back off we’re going to let them win.’ We struggled in both games. We had huge finish in both of them, we were just a couple of points away.”