Girls Volleyball: Lockport downs Bolingbrook
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 7:54PM
Updated: October 24, 2013 10:25PM
There is nothing glamorous about being a libero.
Lockport’s Lindsey Visvardis knows it, and she doesn’t care. Bring on the dirty work.
“I’m OK with it because as the libero I know that’s my job,” Visvardis said. “I start the play, and I don’t need to take the credit. I do my job and let the hitters do the rest.”
Against Bolingbrook on Thursday night in a SouthWest Suburban Blue match, Visvardis finished with 12 digs, but one was most definitely the biggest in the host Porters’ 14-25, 25-13, 25-16 win.
Having bounced back from a brutal first set to claim the second, the decisive third was there for the taking. The momentum hung in the air, but for Visvardis, unfortunately it quickly was floating out of bounds.
Off an errant Lockport dig that had the ball heading out of bounds, Visvardis threw herself into the back wall surrounding the court in order to keep the ball alive.
After one more back-and-forth volley, Lockport’s Kayla Pfeiffer finished the play with a huge momentum-shifting kill, Lockport going up 1-0.
Pain? Nope, not for Visvardis.
“I honestly didn’t care,” Visvardis said with a smile. “I knew we needed that point. Every point counts from the first one. It was about getting the momentum and coming out for my team. I knew I could get the ball.”
From there, the third set never was in question. With three Bolingbrook errors, kills by Pfeiffer and Meredith Friscia, plus Pfeiffer and Friscia teaming for a block, the rout was on.
Lockport (21-13, 5-2) went up 7-1 early, its lead never shrinking to fewer than six points.
“We were a little emotional early,” Pfeiffer said. “We made mistakes and Bolingbrook didn’t. We knew we had to come into that third game with energy. Lindsey got it started, and the dig was a great boost.”
Rachel Weis (11 digs), Pfeiffer (7 kills, 7 assists, 6 digs), Olivia Witsaman (5 kills, 2 blocks) and MacKenzie Wasowicz (4 blocks) also delivered for Lockport.
The Porters similarly lost the first set to Stagg earlier this week only to race back to claim a three-set win.
“We often start games down,” Lockport coach Erika Lange said. “We must like the drama. It’s about the girls deciding what kind of night they want it to be.”
Krissa Gearring’s 14 kills led Bolingbrook (15-18-2, 3-5). Kennedi Hulittle added three kills and three blocks.