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Rosary rallies for 7th place finish at Wheaton Classic

Updated: September 19, 2011 10:35PM

WHEATON — Things started out really well for Rosary’s volleyball team at Saturday’s Wheaton Classic at Wheaton Warrenville South.

The Royals went 2-0 in pool play Wednesday, beating Naperville Central and Downers Grove South, putting them in the gold championship flight of the tournament Saturday. They promptly got off to a 6-2 lead in their first match of the day against Hinsdale Central.

Things took a turn from there, however. Hinsdale Central came back to win, 25-22, 25-20. Rosary then lost its next match, 25-22, 27-25, to Naperville North.

Rosary wound up finishing seventh in the prestigious 24-team field after recovering to beat Prairie Ridge, 25-21, 25-20, in its final match to improve to 10-7 on the season.

“It’s been a long week for us, so it was nice to finish with a win,” Rosary coach Lisa Kasper said. “Because we were struggling. We’ve been struggling with our intensity, we’ve been struggling with our consistence, so it was nice.”

The tournament was backed up due to long matches all afternoon, making for a really long day for everybody involved. But Kasper was impressed with the fact that the Royals hung in there after a lengthy post-match chat after the Naperville North loss.

“We played some really tough competition,” Kasper said. “The girls could have come out this last match and just blew it off, but they didn’t. They righted themselves, so I’m really proud that we were able to do that.”

No rest for the weary next week, as Rosary heads over to Waubonsie Valley’s tournament for another long weekend.

“That’s the only way you get better is by playing better competition,” Kasper said.

Senior outside hitter Mia Wegman was named to the all-tournament team for Rosary.

Speaking of Waubonsie Valley, the Warriors were relegated to the bronze flight after dropping both of their Wednesday matches in pool play.

But the Warriors made the most of their time in that pool, winning all three of their Saturday matches to take 17th overall.

Led by sophomore setter Rachel Minarick, an all-tournament selection, Waubonsie Valley beat Wheaton Academy (25-22, 25-18), Naperville Central (25-22, 19-25, 25-9) and Downers Grove North (25-16, 32-30) to win the bronze flight.

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