Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley turns back Lyons
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org October 23, 2013 8:40PM
Updated: November 25, 2013 1:15PM
Ryann DeJarld finished with just five kills for Mother McAuley in its 25-12, 25-22 victory Wednesday over Lyons.
For about a three-minute span, however, it seemed as if she had a million.
The outside hitter pretty much put the Mighty Macs on her back after a slow start in Set 2 saw them trailing 13-6, pounding out four kills — including three in a row — during a 7-0 run.
Some brilliant late serving by Maggie Scanlon allowed McAuley to close out the regular season unbeaten against Illinois opponents.
Setter Courtney Joyce led the way for the Mighty Macs (33-2) with seven kills, six digs and 28 assists. DeJarld added 12 digs, while Carla Cahill had 12 digs and three aces, Kayla Caffey seven kills and Kelsey Clark six kills.
Alex Hojnar (5 digs, 4 kills), Celine Jones (5 kills), Toni Saracco (11 digs) and Hannah Juley (11 assists) led Lyons (16-14).
The two sets couldn’t have been more different.
McAuley never trailed in the first, breaking it open early behind a bevy of quick sets by Joyce in the middle to Caffey and Clark. The Macs were in such a rhythm that Joyce got into the spiking act, taking a set from DeJarld and firing a rocket through the middle of the Lyons defense.
The Lions, however, turned the tables at the outset of Set 2, scoring the first three points. Two came on a tip for kill by Jones and an ace serve by Juley, who returned over the weekend after recovering from a foot injury suffered the first week of practice.
Lyons continued to dominate play in Set 2, and when Hojnar put down a kill to make it 13-6, McAuley looked in trouble. Joyce, however, stopped the momentum with a surprise spike for kill, after which DeJarld went on her offensive flurry.
“We just came out a little flat that game,” DeJarld said. “It’s hard coming in off of a win in a big tournament (Glenbard East Autumnfest), and I think we lost some focus in the second game for sure.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen anymore. In the playoffs we’re going to take every game really seriously. We had a hiccup there, but we got it together.”
The Lions caught a second wind after falling behind, Hojnar making three consecutive big plays at the net to put them back in front by four. But Scanlon got the Macs going back in the right direction with a block, and Caffey and Clark went back to work in the middle for some quick-set kills.
Scanlon went back to back with aces to help McAuley break away from a 21-all tie.
“We were just simply not able to neutralize (DeJarld), they had some nice quick attacks out of the middle that we were unable to block,” Lyons coach Joann Pyritz said. “McAuley is a strong team, and there is a lot to contend with.
“I was happy we did string together some of the important things we did in the second game. After all, both McAuley and us hope to be back on this floor for the supersectional.”