Girls Voleyball: South Elgin rolls past ElginSouth Elgin's Amanda Nadler watches as her spike gets by Elgin's Kristin Tayag (right) at South Elgin on Thursday. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Whether an emotional senior night win Tuesday over Lake Park provided a boost, or perhaps it was the mere realization for eight seniors that their final prep season is nearing an end, but South Elgin’s volleyball team Thursday maintained a high level of play for consecutive matches — a rarity this year.
The Storm dominated Elgin 25-11, 25-11 in a nonconference Upstate Eight crossover to prove it may be achieving consistency at exactly the right time of year.
“We had a lot of energy, came out strong and knew we wanted to win,” senior Ali Osborne said. “It (the Lake Park win) was a good thing. We were glad that we won especially because it was senior night.
“It gave us a lot of energy to bring to today.”
Osborne normally plays near the net but got to move around and have fun with a six-kill, nine-dig performance.
“She’s worked hard,” South Elgin coach Joni Plach said. “She’s a three-year varsity starter who knows the season is coming to an end and is really giving it her all.
“I’ve always said she could play outside because she’s really good at defense. Whenever she’s serving, she does dig a lot. She’s aggressive. She wants to be out there. Sometimes I put her in the back row and she loves it.”
The Storm (13-7-3) had seven kills from Alyssa Montag, four kills and two blocks by Amanda Nadler, 12 assists from Corbin Kehe and 11 from Jessica Taddeo.
In essence, it was senior night all over again for the Storm as all its stat leaders were seniors.
“I don’t really have a stat leader,” Plach said. “I have everybody on the team that can play well. It could be anybody on a given night — we have a deep bench and I have a lot of people I can put in.”
The Storm trailed 4-1 in the first set but Ashley Oandasan’s kill started a 12-1 run that turned the match into a rout. Osborne had two aces in the run and Montag two of her kills.
In the second set, South Elgin broke on top again after an Oandasan kill with a 12-2 run that included two aces by Samantha Kummerer, yet another of the Storm’s corps of eight seniors.
Elgin (1-23-2), which has played numerous area teams tough despite its record, came out flat.
“It was a disappointing effort,” coach Scott Stewart said. “They know they can play better. We looked really slow today.
“I just think South Elgin, they moved quicker, had better court awareness tonight and they outhustled us.
“They just looked like they wanted it more. It’s like I told our girls: We get to play them again next Saturday at home in our tournament.”
Elgin had two kills and a block and five assists from Hope Demel.
“Hope’s been having a good season,” Stewart said. “She’s a great player. I’ve been having nothing but compliments from other coaches on her. She’s going to play at the next level.”