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Girls volleyball: Rosary closes out Marian Central

Rosary's MichaelPing spikes ball over Marian's Meredith Pattersduring Monday's match Aurora. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media

Rosary's Michaela Ping spikes the ball over Marian's Meredith Patterson during Monday's match in Aurora. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 17, 2012 6:20AM

After winning in Woodstock against Marian Central earlier in the season, Rosary’s volleyball team was well aware the Hurricanes would be seeking revenge in Monday’s Suburban Christian Blue rematch.

Rosary did not give Marian much of a chance to exact that revenge.

The Royals rolled to a 25-18, 25-22 win in advance of Wednesday’s conference finale and senior night against rival Aurora Central Catholic. Rosary led 23-11 in the second set before the Hurricanes made a late run against mostly bench players.

“We are really happy,” Rosary outside hitter Erin Bowe said. “We beat them the first time, so we knew they really wanted to beat us, but I’m really glad that we came together at the end and finished strong.”

Rosary (17-11, 6-3) found itself in a tight one early on in Game 1 before the Royals busted out. Up only 16-15, kills from Bowe, Marissa Prochaska and Briana Flagg, two blocks from Michaela Ping and a set-ending ace from Josephine Gallagher helped them post the 25-18 win.

The momentum carried right over into the second set. Rosary was up 17-7 and pushed the lead to 23-11 before Marian (13-16, 3-6) mounted a late comeback to make things interesting. Two kills from Tara Blake, three aces from Meredith Patterson and three Rosary errors cut the lead to 23-19 and forced a timeout.

“It’s so frustrating, but it’s one of those things where I’m not the kind of coach to call a timeout to fix it for them,” Rosary coach Rachel Hartmann said. “I’d rather them fix it themselves. They made me use a timeout, and they know I don’t like to do that, but eventually, you have to do what you have to do.”

Joanna Wedge’s lone kill of the match wound up sealing the win for Rosary. Bowe had seven kills and six digs in the win.

“All around, a really good game for her,” Hartmann said. “She has stepped up offensively. It’s been very helpful.”

Flagg had six kills, Gallagher had 15 assists and Katie Baki had 13 digs for Rosary.

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