Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way Central topples Lincoln-Way North
BY TIM O’BRIEN For Sun-Times Media October 15, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: November 17, 2013 10:04AM
A convincing first set win followed up by just the opposite in an ugly second set loss.
Nothing new for Lincoln-Way Central. Which Knights team would show up for the third?
“I feel like we go through the first one really strong,” Central outside hitter Jacqueline Langer said. “The second one, we say we’ll come out strong and then we don’t, let them come back. We’ve got to come out for that third one.”
Putting a disappointing second set loss behind them Tuesday, host Lincoln-Way Central handled its business in the third, winning 25-18, 16-25, 25-17 over rival Lincoln-Way North.
Langer finished with nine kills, three solo blocks and three aces to lead Central (20-7, 3-1) who is now tied with North and Bradley in the SouthWest Suburban Red. Each team has three conference matches remaining.
“You can’t practice it, just gotta do it,” Central’s Maria Brown said. “With playoffs coming up, we need to start executing every game, every point.”
Brown had 13 kills and seven digs with Toni Leitshuh (14 digs), Mariel Liebovitz (27 assists) and Claire Vrabec (5 kills, 2 blocks) contributing for the Knights.
Knotted up at 12 in the third, Central was the one stepping up to the plate. Candace Finnin had two huge kills, both lightly hit but finding holes in the North defense, while Langer slammed three kills and an ace to help the Knights pull away.
Brown’s 13th kill found the floor for the match-winner as Lincoln-Way Central closed on a dominant 13-5 run.
“When we’re in that situation where we need the points, need the big kill, our mindset is just to do it for the team,” Langer said. “Just put the ball down.”
Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way Central are seeded four and five at the upcoming Sandburg sectional and could face again in a regional final match.
Shannon Murphy (24 assists), Allyson Cappel (7 kills, 9 digs), Brittany Pappas (8 kills) and Niki Wagner (10 digs) paced Lincoln-Way North (22-4, 3-1).
“We started playing not to lose,” North coach Mary Brown said. “We pulled back and lost our intensity. We were afraid to make mistakes, and when you play a good team like that, you’re going to get beat.”