Girls Volleyball: Homewood-Flossmoor outlasts Andrew
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2013 8:34PM
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:26AM
At its last practice, Homewood-Flossmoor did a lot of work on being behind.
Good thing for the Vikings, who spent the first two sets of Tuesday’s SouthWest Suburban crossover chasing host Andrew. And just when it appeared the host Thunderbolts were about to convert match point ...
“We stepped up and came back,” a smiling Kandace Tate said after the Vikings survived that drama before cruising to a 19-25, 27-25, 25-11 victory.
Tate led H-F (18-5) with 10 kills. Avery Sykes added five kills, Skylar Hildebrand 12 digs, Kat Whited 10 digs and Helena Villar 16 assists.
Kaileen Herman had 20 assists, Mary Farrelly 10 digs, Lexi Pranckus five kills and nine service points, Beth Przekwas six kills, Baylee Panfil four kills and six blocks and Darina Postupaka three blocks for Andrew (3-14).
For much of the first two sets Andrew played perhaps its best volleyball of the season. Przekwas, Pranckus, Panfil and Postupaka all took turns creating havoc for H-F at the net. Laura Durkin led a good team effort from the service line.
Pranckus had a key kill for Andrew after H-F was able to whittle an 18-9 deficit in Set 1 down to 23-19. Then, with a 21-15 advantage in Set 2 having melted to 23-22, Postupaka put Andrew at match point with a perfectly placed roll shot for kill.
Lexi Jung got the Vikings back to within one with a kill before Hildebrand, who moments earlier made a phenomenal dig on what appeared to be an Andrew ace serve, dug up a T-bolts shot. H-F eventually won the point.
“I think I was just really focused,” Hildebrand said. “When we’re all working together we get that drive where we don’t want to let the ball drop no matter what. So we’re going to sacrifice our body, we’re going to hit the floor. We didn’t want to lose.”
Up 26-25, H-F forced a third set when Tate landed a tip for kill.
“We couldn’t afford any more mistakes,” Tate said. “We were struggling, passing, setting, hitters; everything was just bad. But we kind of came back in that second game and in the third game the intensity was there.”
The Vikings looked like a different team as Tate had four kills and a block in a 7-1 start. Maddy Hallahan then went back to back to back on blocks — two on Andrew overpasses — as H-F pulled away.
“Game 1 we started off well, and we finished all the way through. I think in Set 2 we let them have a bit of a run, let them back into the set, and it was really tight and close at the end and it just didn’t go our way,” Andrew coach Courtney Stoub said. “Set 3 we needed to play how we did in Set 1 and 2, but H-F kept the momentum going and was tough to stop.”