Girls volleyball: Waubonsie Valley clicks in win over Batavia
By Paul Johnson For Sun-Times Media October 11, 2012 9:34PM
Updated: October 14, 2012 10:09PM
With the postseason looming in just over a week, Waubonsie Valley’s girls volleyball team picked a fine time to play its best match of the season Thursday.
The Warriors were on point throughout a 25-20, 25-22 Upstate Eight crossover win over Batavia, breaking a three-match losing streak to the Bulldogs. Batavia beat Waubonsie in the semifinals of the Warriors’ own tournament last month in three sets.
“Our coach told us this was the best we’ve ever played,” Waubonsie junior Rachel Minarick said. “We knew they were a good team, so we knew they were going to come out strong too. It’s a really good time to peak.”
The first set was tied at 11-11 before Waubonsie (17-11) pulled away with its offense clicking on all cylinders. Eleven of the final 14 points of the set came on the attack for Waubonsie. In that stretch, freshman Brooke Burling had three kills, Minarick and Lauren Lindell had two kills each and Katie Campbell had a kill and a block. The lead was as much as 23-15 before Batavia put together a solid finish behind Kristen Koncelik (two kills and a block) to make it close.
“A lot of times we started out down 5-0, so I thought we did a good job of coming in ready to play,” Waubonsie coach Kristen Stuart said. “This was the best we’ve played this year. Not that we did everything perfectly, but I felt that we competed the entire time. I didn’t feel like we let up our energy or our passion at all. That was really exciting to see.”
Waubonsie jumped out on Batavia (14-14) in the second as well. The Warriors took an early 7-3 lead, but the Bulldogs hung around and made it a game. Waubonsie was up 17-16 when another solid stretch helped the Warriors take control. Three kills from Lindell and an ace from Burling helped push the lead to 24-18. Again, Batavia had a solid finishing kick, but it was too late.
“I still think we had an opportunity to win,” Batavia coach Lori Trippi-Payne said. “Overall, I thought we battled them hard in Game 2, it could have gone either way. If we played them 10 times this year, I think it would be 5-5. We’re pretty evenly matched in many areas. They outplayed us offensively.”
The Warriors were diverse offensively, as well, with three players — Burling, Lindell and Minarick — all recording eight kills.
“It’s good when we can have several people with eight kills,” Stuart said. “I felt like we kept their block guessing. We had a lot of openings.”
Batavia was led by Heather Meyer with seven kills and Koncelik with five kills, three blocks and two aces.