Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley tops Assumption (Ky.) in three sets
By Tony Baranek email@example.com October 3, 2013 9:24PM
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:27AM
It’s been slow going for Mother McAuley’s Kayla Caffey this season since the 6-foot middle blocker suffered a stress fracture on her right foot during the Mighty Macs’ opening match.
She didn’t get to play when McAuley traveled to Louisville and beat Asics Challenge rival Assumption on its own turf.
She played when they had a rematch Thursday at McAuley, though. And even as she’s still wearing one, she was able to help the Mighty Macs give the Rockets the boot.
“It’s feeling much better. It’s been a long recovery, but I’m finally ready to go. So that’s good,” she said after McAuley beat Assumption again in three sets 25-16, 19-25, 25-22.
Kelsey Clark had 20 kills and two blocks, Ryann DeJarld 10 kills and 14 digs, Kennedy Arundel five kills and seven digs, Courtney Joyce 21 assists, eight digs and four kills, and Carla Cahill 18 digs for the Mighty Macs (19-1).
Alyssa Cavanaugh (12 kills), Lauren Tutwiler (10 kills) and Miranda Elpers (7 kills) led Assumption (20-6).
Caffey, who has been back in the Macs lineup for a little more than a week, finished with four kills. Her last was the biggest, coming on a quick-set from Joyce that resulted in the 25th point in Set 3.
“We wanted to beat them really badly,” Caffey said. “We had a drive to go out there and be on top.”
It was a match that probably had more unforced errors than would be expected from two nationally ranked teams. Both sides also had stretches where they showed their strengths.
The Macs took control in Set 1 when, leading 9-6, a tricky bounce off the ceiling after a defensive play on their side resulted in a kill by DeJarld. It triggered an 8-2 run.
The Rockets, who committed 11 unforced errors in the first set, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in Set 2, as the 6-2 Tutwiler and 5-11 Cavanaugh began to power through the McAuley blocks. A 5-0 run helped them expand an 18-16 lead.
McAuley led Set 3 by as many as five points early, but it wound up being a slugfest to the finish. At 22-21, the Macs got one point on a serving error by Assumption, then produced a key 24th point when Maggie Scanlon blocked a Rockets tip attempt.
“I just went for it,” Scanlon said. “She (the hitter) had been tipping throughout the game, so I just put my hands up and hoped.”
A McAuley error got Assumption to within 24-22 before the match-ending kill by Caffey.
“Obviously, (McAuley) came out and this crowd jumped all over us and a credit to them,” Assumption coach Ron Kordes said. “But I was really proud of our kids for settling down and playing a good, solid second set.
“That third set we made a couple of errors and let them get three or four ahead of us. But overall, I think the difference was their serving vs. our serving.”