Girls Volleyball: Aurora Central downs Oswego East
BY PAUL JOHNSON For Sun-Times Media August 29, 2012 8:42PM
Aurora Central's Kelsy Talkington scores a point past Oswego East's Brittany Warnecke in Oswego on Wednesday. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 29, 2012 10:24PM
At times last year, Aurora Central Catholic’s girls volleyball team could have problems bouncing back from adversity.
So after getting dominated by Oswego East in the second set of Wednesday’s nonconference match, coach Jeanne Czipri was curious to see how her girls would respond.
As it turned out, Czipri walked away pleased.
Visiting ACC pulled out a 25-17, 12-25, 25-20 win to improve to 4-3 on the young season.
“This group, the leadership is really stepping up and the fire is there,” Czipri said. “Last year, we didn’t have it as much. I’m really proud of the girls in how they rebounded. That’s huge. In the past, with some of these girls especially, it’s something that has gotten in their head. It just shows their maturity and leadership is keeping them up. We’re having fun together.”
The Chargers broke open a tight first game, which was tied 13-13, and finished on a 12-4 kick to win going away, seemingly taking the momentum in the process. But Oswego East (1-5) responded in a big way in the second.
The Wolves came up with big plays when needed and limited their mistakes, while forcing ACC into plenty of mistakes. The result was a dominant 25-12 win.
“We more or less served them off the court,” Oswego East coach Adam Thurlwell said. “Not too many aces, but we really served tough, a lot of free balls our way. I think we executed.”
In the third, Oswego East never trailed, leading by as many as four points on three separate occasions, before an error gave the Chargers a 17-16 lead late. They never looked back from there. Two aces from Ally Kane, who had a match-high 26 digs, ended the contest.
“We bounced back incredibly,” said ACC senior Sam Chmielewski, who tied Kelsey Talkington for the team lead in kills with six. “It was one heck of a game. I felt that we had the energy throughout the whole third game. I was kind of disappointed (in the second game), but we bounced back great in the third game.”