LOCKPORT | The biblical character David had to be a bad dude.
In spite of his lack of height, he went head on into battle against the must bigger Goliath, armed with faith and a slingshot and applied a one punch knockout that coaches today use as inspiration when their team's are matched up against much better competition.
But in athletics, David's story might sound good, but as the adage goes, you can't coach height. Meaning, there are some sports in which bigness is almost mandatory. Basketball is one, and, as T.F. South found out the hard way Tuesday evening, volleyball is the other.
"I think our team gave a valiant effort but this matchup was like David versus Goliath," said Rebel coach Kim Sands. " (Minooka) was very tall and very quick, but our girls never gave up. I'm proud of them."
Minooka got off to a quick start in set one, then overcame the Rebels scoring the first three points in the second set to win a semifinal matchup in the Lockport Regional with a 25-8, 25-11 win over T.F. North to move on to the final Thursday. They will play Plainfield Central for the regional title after the Wildcats eliminated Lockport in straight sets.
Indeed, Minooka used its size advantage to take out T.F. North. With a roster featuring five players over 5-11 and two six feet or over, the Rebels had problems coping with Minooka's dominant net play.
In set one, Minooka jumped out to an 18-5 lead, then, in set two, outscored the Rebels 22-8 down the stretch to overcome T.F. South's 3-0 start.
"We are a lot smaller than they are but I think we held our own at the net today," Sands said. "I think we did a nice job today."
T.F. South's Britany Krusza had arguably the best night of any Rebels player, according to Sands, as she recorded seven of her team's 11 kills for the match.
"She got a lot of kills for us, she played good defense, she just played a good all-around game," Sands said.
Shelbi Stone helped out defensively for the Rebels with a team-high three blocks and two kills, while Gabby Mullen added eight assists. Destiny Little-Hurd had two kills and a block for T.F. South (10-20).