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Girls Volleyball: Marist rises for season-opening win over Hinsdale South

Marist’s Lizzie Zaleski thought for a second and gave an honest analysis of a two-set win.

Mistakes were made. Things could be cleaned up.

But for a first match? This was one solid all-around offensive performance.

With contributions from all over the court, host Marist opened the season in style Thursday, rolling to a 25-20, 25-20 win over Hinsdale South.

“We can be more efficient getting to 25, but we’re capable of dominating teams,” Zaleski said. “Our hitters were pretty big up there, so we’ve got a lot of potential on offense and our defense can be a top one, too.”

Zaleski finished with 24 assists, four kills and four blocks. Her main recipient was Cameron Enright, who finished with 12 kills. Emily Graff (6 kills) and Anne Marie Stifter (5 kills, 4 blocks) also contributed for Marist.

“I believe that all of my hitters can put a ball down with any set,” Zaleski said. “(With so many hitters), it’s a great problem to have.”

With kills coming from left, right and the middle, the RedHawks made short work of the first set, sparked by a 7-1 run that extended their lead to 17-11.

Enright closed in dominant fashion, scoring four of Marist’s last five points via kills. She buried one deep to go up 24-20, then finished with a pinpoint kill through the defense that found the floor.

“We switched our sets up, a faster set, so the block is on the other side,” Enright said. “There’s a hole to hit it through. Once we got that perfect pass, it was (hit) straight down. I was pumped up late, just ready to go.”

Emily Drenth (5 kills), Amanda Pltorak (4 kills, 3 blocks), Lizzy Niestrom (7 assists) and Veronica Cribbs (5 assists) led Hinsdale South (0-1).

The Hornets start four underclassmen, a reason for excitement for coach Lisa Martinez.

“We’re looking for improvement,” Martinez said. “There’s a good upside right now. We’ve got kids who are going to be in this program for three more years, and they’re going to want it more every day.”



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