Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley trims Loyola
By Matt Harness For Sun-Times Media October 1, 2013 8:34PM
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:34AM
Mother McAuley defeats Loyola 25-15, 25-11
In the run-up to this weekend’s ASICS Challenge, the Mighty Macs moved into first place alone in the GCAC Red with their win over the visiting Ramblers. Both teams entered Tuesday’s match undefeated in conference play, but Mother McAuley (18-1, 4-0) showed its balance and depth in the convincing victory. The loss snapped Loyola’s six-match winning streak.
Loyola (13-2, 4-1) led 7-4 early in the first game, but Mother McAuley ran off four consecutive points, two on aces by right-side hitter Maggie Scanlon, and never trailed again.
Hard to pick one from the Mighty Macs, one of the top teams in the country, but Scanlon did a little bit of everything. She had three kills, three aces and two blocks.
BY THE NUMBERS
Mother McAuley outside hitter Molly Geary had a game-best six kills. Setter Courtney Joyce had 16 assists, 10 digs and two blocks. Outside hitter Maddie Meyer finished with four kills and three digs. Middle Caeley Hynes contributed three blocks and two kills. For Loyola, outside hitter Danielle Vanzelst totaled five kills and middle Kelsey O’Neill added four kills. Setter Katie Randolph had eight assists.
“Our benchmark is ball control, passing, defense and tough serving. We did that (Tuesday). We still are coming along with our blocking and hitting. We always are striving to get better.” — Mother McAuley coach Jen DeJarld
“We made a lot of mental errors and played out of position a lot. We were not our aggressive selves, and we were not attacking on offense. The desire was there, and the expectation to win was there. We knew there was a lot of pressure to come in here and walk away with a win, but we played out of character.” — Loyola coach Mark Chang