Girls Volleyball: Andrew defeats Lincoln-Way West
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 16, 2013 9:14PM
Carissa Lorenz, of Lincoln-Way West. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 18, 2013 8:02AM
The 2013 season has been a frustrating one for Andrew, a 5-16 record coming into Wednesday’s match a testament to the struggles.
A fair share of those losses have been there for the taking, the ThunderBolts faltering late.
That wasn’t the case Wednesday at Lincoln-Way West. The attacks, the blocking, the defense, all very much present. Trailing in the middle of the third set, Andrew sprinted to the finish on an impressive 14-7 run to squeak out a 22-25, 25-16, 25-23 win in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
“As a team today, we just really clicked,” Andrew’s Lexi Pranckus said. “We never stopped talking. Everything we’ve been practicing, it all came together.”
Lauren Durkin (11 kills, 6 digs), Pranckus (9 kills, 10 digs), Kaileen Herman (36 assists, 3 aces), Mary Farrelly (9 digs) and Darina Postupaka (5 kills, 5 blocks) paced Andrew (6-16, 3-2).
Only a sophomore, Durkin stepped up huge in the third set. With Rachel Boden’s service run cutting into the West lead, which was as big as 16-11, Durkin caught fire, firing three straight kills, the third tying the game at 16.
“We kept communicating,” Durkin said with a smile. “I was so pumped up, and they were great sets (from Kaileen). I had to bury them.”
Boden’s 7-0 service run produced a 19-16 Andrew lead, and the ThunderBolts were able to hold on late in a back-and-forth finale. A Carissa Lorenz kill brought West to a 24-23 deficit, but Andrew had one last answer in the form of Pranckus.
The junior dove to the ground to keep a West hit alive, and immediately popped back up. Taking a set from Herman, Pranckus found a hole in the West defense for the game-winner.
“Down on the ground, I knew I had to get up there, get that hit,” Pranckus said. “It was an awesome feeling to get it. I loved it.”
Lorenz finished with 18 kills and 11 digs for Lincoln-Way West (16-10, 2-3). Jackie Moore (5 kills), Rachel Johnson (10 digs), Katie Davis (37 assists) and Meredith Buldak (8 digs) chipped in.
“Andrew was great in hustling and not letting the ball die,” West coach Rory Harrison said. “We just struggled with serve receive at the end, just the missed serves that killed momentum late.”