Girls Volleyball: Sandburg turns back Lincoln-Way Central
By Tony Baranek email@example.com September 26, 2013 9:02PM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:38AM
Sandburg’s Sami Knight was quite the diplomat when asked to decide if the difference in the Eagles’ 26-24, 25-21 SouthWest Suburban crossover victory Thursday over visiting Lincoln-Way Central was setting, hitting or defense.
“Probably all of the above,” the setter said. “Everyone was aggressive. The defense was amazing. We just tried to pounce on them, not in a bad way, but to win.”
The stats would bear Knight out. Sandburg had plenty of contributors in just about every aspect of the game.
Hitting-wise, Julia Borsch led the way with nine kills, while Leah Lane had seven, and Bridget Lebert, Kathleen Bollito and Knight three each.
Defensively, Kelly McGovern had 14 digs, with Knight and Makina getting seven each. Knight also had 14 assists as Sandburg improved to 13-4.
Jackie Langer (8 kills, 11 digs), Maria Brown (5 kills, 3 blocks), Claire Vrabec (5 kills, 5 blocks), Candace Finnin (7 blocks) and Mallory Huddleston (4 blocks) led Central (10-2).
The importance of the match was lessened just a tiny bit because the two teams were split apart in the conference realignment. But even as a crossover, it was circled on Knight’s calendar.
“We wanted to beat them so bad,” Knight said. “We thought about it for the past week, talking about it and telling everybody to come to the game and support us. We just came out with fire in us.”
The Knights, on a seven-match winning streak, led for much of Set 1, and were up 20-17 when Bollito came off a timeout and put down a kill for Sandburg. It started a four-point outburst, the biggest of the night for either team, which also included a block and a kill by Kelly Finlay.
Central still had the set in its hands after a kill by Langer made it 24-23. The Knights gave the momentum back to Sandburg via a net violation.
“We’ll take every point we can get,” Lane said. “It definitely shifts the momentum and gives you confidence.”
Lane certainly looked confident on the right side, pounding down back-to-back kills to give the Eagles the win.
Set 2 was much the same, with Central again building small early leads, but hitting a roadblock at the finish.
The Knights’ toughest problem, it appeared, was stringing together points against a continuously digging Sandburg defense.
“It was frustrating, but you’ve got to find an open shot and work with what you have,” Langer said. “And we probably could have tipped a little more. But they were very good. The have a very good defense, blocking-wise, too.”
Set 2 was tied at 18 when Knight dropped a misdirection tip for kill. Borschel followed with a kill after a great dig by McGovern. Knight ended the match with an ace that whistled over the net and deflected off a Central defender.