Girls Volleyball: Three things learned
October 7, 2013 9:56PM
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:18AM
1. Kayla Caffey has hops. And she sure knows what do with an overset, which she showed with ebullience Saturday by pounding the final point for Mother McAuley in its heartstopping 25-9, 28-30, 30-28 victory over Wheaton St. Francis in an Asics Challenge semifinal. Caffey, a 6-foot middle, is starting to hit her stride after suffering a stress fracture in her right foot in the first match of the season.
2. Andrew is OK. The Thunderbolts’ record doesn’t look so pretty at 3-15, but they’ve been competitive in a lot of matches, including a recent three-setter against Homewood-Flossmoor in which they were at match point in Set 2, and a Thursday battle against Lincoln-Way North that North had to fight to win 25-23, 25-20. Lexi Pranckus and Baylee Panfil are effective hitters, and freshman Darina Postupaka already is showing promise as a blocker. Overlooking the T-bolts is not recommended.
3. West is regrouping. The newest Lincoln-Way went into a tailspin after going 10-4, including the championship at the Rich South Invitational. The Warriors were just 12-9 entering last week, but appear in bounceback mode after a three-set win over Joliet Central and a two-set romp past Thornridge. Rachel Johnson put up impressive numbers (9 kills, 15 digs) against Central. They’ll need more of that during key SouthWest Suburban Blue back-to-back match-ups against Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way Central.