Girls Volleyball: Lemont tops L-W West
BY TIM O’BRIEN For Sun-Times Media October 21, 2013 9:58PM
Updated: October 21, 2013 10:00PM
Ali Lund, Kelly Ferguson and the Lemont Indians didn’t need any motivation to pile up kills Monday.
They got it anyway.
Playing a Volley for the Cure match with a ‘Kill Board’ dotting a gym wall, a donation was made for each kill Lemont racked up Monday against visiting Lincoln-Way West.
“Get more kills, get more money for the Cure,” Lund said with a smile. “Every kill we had, the sophomores put a ‘K’ up on the board.”
The kills and offensive attacks were in abundance, Lemont claiming a 25-17, 22-25, 25-15 nonconference win over Lincoln-Way West.
Lund (8 kills), Ferguson (9 kills), Haley Sullivan (10 digs), Shae Millinowisch (16 assists) and Katy Klein (12 assists) paced a balanced attack for Lemont (26-8).
“It felt like we were playing for a purpose,” Ferguson said. “My Grandma had breast cancer, and we had survivors and a ton of fans out here. It was fun to show off a little bit.”
Having dominated the first set, Lemont had the tables turned in the second set, falling behind 19-11. The Indians woke up though, ultimately losing but regaining the momentum late.
It most definitely rolled over into the third.
Even playing without one of the team’s top hitters in Blair Cremerius (sickness), Lemont dominated the third set. Seven different players registered a kill in the set, the Indians taking a commanding 14-7 advantage early and never looking back. Millinowisch ended the match with a flourish, a service ace finding a hole in the West defense.
“One of our players is down so we all have to pitch in and help out,” Lund said. “We got caught up in all the fun, and we have to work on closing out those games.”
Cremerius’ absence forced the team’s depth to step up, a definite positive with playoffs looming.
“We practice and focus on having a ton of options,” Ferguson said. “Different shots, how to get a kill, we help each other out.”
Lincoln-Way West (19-16) was paced by Carissa Lorenz (9 blocks, 8 kills), Katie Davis (18 assists, 12 digs), Meghan McGuire (5 kills, 7 digs) and Rachel Johnson (6 kills).
“It’s a game of momentum, and we took it early (in the second),” West coach Rory Harrison said. “(Lemont) crept back in, we did in the third, but it’s a game of momentum.”