BOYS VOLLEYBALL

United opens season with gritty boys volleyball win

2014-03-25T18:00:00Z 2014-03-26T00:05:09Z United opens season with gritty boys volleyball winMatt Douthett Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 25, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | It was a feeling Thornton Fractional boys volleyball coach Peg Haney and her team haven't experienced in awhile.

Thornton Fractional opened its season on Tuesday with a 26-24, 25-18 win over Argo in South Suburban Conference action, the first time Haney can remember opening in the "W" column.

"We went out and showed today we have the makings of a good team," Haney said. "I thought our serving was strong, I thought our passing was good and I thought they did a nice job of talking to each other and keeping it together. Wins like this are big."

T.F. (1-0), started the first game down 7-2, but quickly fired back to a 14-14 tie before holding on for the gritty win.

"I think as a team we were kind of nervous," senior setter Ruben Maciel said. "We started relaxing together and that's when we started getting back up on the scoreboard and we turned it around."

Though T.F. let Argo have a few runs, fighting back in that first game showed Haney the scrappiness of her team.

"I thought it was a good first game win in general," she said. "We didn't know what we had. The fact that we could come back, I think it showed a lot of heart that the guys have."

The second game went more smoothly for the home team. They led the whole way and went up 14-7 before Argo clawed back with five straight points. T.F. then took control of the momentum and iced the match with some solid attacking.

"We let Argo get a couple runs, but the fact that we were able to maintain the lead in the second game and hold on and fight were all good signs," Haney said.

Julian Ayar led T.F. with six kills. Jose Gonzalez had five kills, while Janel Lawani added four. Ryan Lindell led the way in digs with 10.

"It feels great," Maciel said. "I was hoping to get this win. We worked hard for it during the offseason."

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