Little Dig, Big Victory: Marist Maintains No. 1 Position in Weekly Patch Volleyball Poll
Deirdre Howard's dig helps Marist rally from a 23-20 deficit in Game 1 of a thrilling straight-sets volleyball victory over Mother McAuley. Lincoln-Way East moves up to No. 3, looks to ease back into action after brief layoff.
1. Marist (6-0): Kelly Marcinek had seven kills as the RedHawks rallied to down Mother McAuley in straight sets. Marist trailed 23-20 in Game 1 when Deirdre Howard’s controversial dig turned the momentum of the match in favor of the RedHawks. Last week: No. 1. Next: Saturday at Wheaton Classic.
2. Sandburg (3-1): Dakota Hampton ripped 11 kills in the Eagles’ three-set victory over Stagg. Kristen Bailey added six kills and five blocks. Kara Kentner chipped in 21 assists and six kills. Last week: No. 2. Next: Thursday vs. Thornton, Saturday at Wheaton Classic.
3. Lincoln-Way East (4-0): Four-year regular Lauren Behrens and senior outside hitter Makayla Weller had Lincoln-Way East cruising in the early going. Now, if the Griffins just can ease back into the swing of things following a brief layoff ... Last week: 4. Next: Thursday vs. Thornridge.
4. Mother McAuley (3-2): Don’t be fooled by the record. The Mighty Macs easily could be 5-0 were it not for narrow defeats to Joliet Catholic Academy and Marist. Lizzy Scanlon’s 10 kills were not enough in McAuley’s 26-24, 25-18 loss to Marist on Tuesday. Last week: No. 3. Next: Mother McAuley Preview on Friday and Saturday.
5. Chicago Christian (8-3): The Knights dropped a 25-12, 27-25 decision to powerhouse Wheaton St. Francis despite the work of Becky DeRuiter and Emily Workman. DeRuiter racked up eight kills. Workman finished with 20 assists. Last week: No. 5. Next: More tests loom as Chicago Christian plays at the Mother McAuley Preview Friday and Saturday.
Next best (in alphabetical order): Andrew, Lincoln-Way North, Lincoln-Way West, Marian Catholic, Providence.
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