GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Wrong ending, but right message in T.F. South's volleyball loss

2013-10-31T21:30:00Z 2013-11-01T02:30:10Z Wrong ending, but right message in T.F. South's volleyball lossPhil Arvia Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 31, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

TINLEY PARK | It was the worst possible ending, and the best possible message.

After T.F. South trailed, 23-18, in the third set of its Andrew Regional final, and 24-21, and at 24-23 when Crystal Lee slammed home her 13th kill of the night following a heart-stopping dig by Cori Reynolds, after a timeout as a reeling Sandburg tried to gather itself, Justine Flores stepped to the line to serve for the tie.

And floated the ball wide.

"I was just trying to get it in," she said later. "It hit the wrong part of my hand."

The Sandburg half of the crowd erupted over the 25-22, 17-25, 25-23 win that sent them to their own Class 4A sectional for a 7 p.m. Tuesday semifinal opposite Marist. The T.F. South half groaned. Flores collapsed to the floor.

Her teammates ran to her, and picked her up.

"That meant a lot," she said. "It said it wasn't my fault. … It said we are a team — we win as a team, and we lose as a team."

Twenty-six times in 31 outings this season, the Rebels won. Against the Eagles (30-7), they won more points — 70-67 — but Sandburg eked out a win in the opening set and, after nearly getting blocked out of the gym in Set 2, another in the closer to advance.

Seven different Rebels had kills on the night. Briana Lilly, Lee, Leah Lagestee and Jenna Pasko put up tremendous blocks. Ashtyn Kapovich, Reynolds and Flores, senior defensive stalwarts, anchored a back row that cleaned up what blocks didn't swat down.

"It's heartbreaking," Lee said. "We played so well as a team and we came out with so much intensity as individuals.

"They had to beat us. We didn't beat ourselves."

The opening set featured 12 ties and six lead changes. Flores had a run of four service points to put South up 8-4, the biggest lead enjoyed by either squad in the set, but from a tie at 18, Sandburg had three kills over the next four points to ease away.

In Set 2, South dominated, racing to a 13-5 lead while frustrating the Eagles with its block. Briana Lilly had four ace blocks in the set and 16 total blocks on the night, while Lee had two ace blocks in the set and 10 total blocks on the night. Leah Lagestee finished with 12 total blocks and Jenna Pasko seven.

"The block is what kept us in the match," South coach Kim Sands said. "It was definitely the reason we won the second game."

As for the third, South never led, and wasn't closer than two points from the fourth rotation until Lee's final kill. Sandburg, getting five kills in the set from Bridget Lebert, and four each from Kathleen Bollito and Leah Lane, just had a bit more firepower.

Afterward, setter Abbe Mullen pondered the season.

"These girls are like my second family," she said. "I count them all as my sisters.

"And our school was so amazing, how they supported us. They decorated our locker room. … I hope we didn't let them down."

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses