Despite rough week, Angels cruiseProvidence's Katie McDonald hits the ball at Joliet Catholic's Lainey Wyman and Lauren Robertson.
Updated: March 22, 2011 5:24PM
The emotional roller coaster that has been the Joliet Catholic
volleyball team's way of like the last few days had another valley
and peak Tuesday night.
Over the weekend, the No. 6 Angels had the high of winning their third straight
Mizuno Cup title, but also dealt with the low of JCA teacher Jeremy Izzo's
On Tuesday, they took on East Suburban Catholic rival Providence, and the
Celtics (15-11, 2-4) beat the two-time defending Class 3A state champions
25-19 in the first game.
Joliet Catholic (24-4, 7-0) returned from that valley, however, and peaked with a 19-25,
25-19, 25-18 win that kept them perfect in the ESCC.
It wasn't easy, as Providence shut down the Angels' attack from the outside
in the first game. Nora Mitros, Katie McDonald and Mindy Maloney were
instrumental in the Celtics' first line of defense at the net, and Maggie
Ruettiger spearheaded the defense all night with 12 digs.
Providence jumped to a 4-1 lead and never trailed. The Angels were able to
forge ties at 1, 4 and 10 but the Celtics kept the pressure on and came away
with the 25-19 win in the first game.
"We came out really strong," Providence coach Rachel Ellingson said. "It was
a hard-fought match the entire way. We just let them get too many points in
chunks after the first game. In the first game, we never let them get ahead
"In the last two games, we let them get ahead by too much and we couldn't
The Celtics went ahead 4-1 in Game 2, but JCA rallied to take a 5-4 lead on
a kill by Lainey Wyman (nine kills), a block by Morgan Reardon and Vanessa
Owusu and two straight kills by Reardon (10 kills).
The game was tied at 11 on a kill by Katie Urchell, but JCA got a kill by
Kelly Feigh (15 kills) and an ace by Feigh to take a 13-11 lead. The Angels
didn't trail again in the game as a block by Owusu and Jordan Huston, a kill
by Reardon and a four-hit violation put them ahead 18-13. Feigh got the final
kill of the game, setting up a dominant third.
JCA never trailed in the third game, racing out to an 11-4 lead as Feigh
found the range and delivered 4 kills in the stretch.
"Kelly has become our go-to hitter late in matches," JCA coach Christine
Scheibe said. "We came out a little flat, but after Game 1, we cut down on
our unforced errors. I think we had 11 or 12 in the first game. After we cut
those down, we played much better.
"Jordan Huston (29 assists) played all the rotations in Game 2, which is
something she hadn't done all year, and she did a great job."
Providence - which took Marist to three games last week - pulled to within
20-16 in Game 3 on an ace by Lauren Brizgys (six kills), but could get no
"We had some great digs and some great blocks," Ellingson said. "They did a
better job on serve-receive than we did.
"We are getting better late in the season, which is what we want."