Girls Volleyball: Plainfield Central keeps battling

Updated: October 8, 2012 6:27PM

With a 9-17 mark heading into this week’s matches, Plainfield Central has a far from impressive record. Through all the struggles, the Wildcats just keep forging ahead.

“It’s not a matter of the team not battling,” Central coach Jessica Clark said. “We’ve battled. We’ve been working on pushing through those final few points and getting through that third game.”

After a two-set win at Plainfield South, Central had a 5-5 record in the Southwest Prairie with four conference matches to go. All five of the losses have gone three sets.

Erin Hyland (176 kills, 39 blocks) and Shannon Hagen (164 kills) lead the offense, with Jane Obradovich (47 blocks) and freshman Claire Hotchkin (42 blocks) bringing a presence at the net.

Erin Eulitz, a freshman, has a team-best 148 digs while Hannah Evatt (207 assists) and Allyson Lindish (152 assists) help run the 6-2 offense.

With three freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors on the team, Clark’s squad has gone through some growing pains.

“We work on being competitive, keeping our composure and playing smart,” Clark said. “We only have a few games and a tournament left, so it’s hitting them that if we’re going to make changes it has to be now.”

Central is slated to meet Plainfield South in a the 4A Romeoville Regional quarterfinal. The winner will advance to meet top-seeded Lemont.

Plainfield South’s youth movement

With only two seniors on the roster, Plainfield South coach Amy Larson expected the Cougars to take some lumps this season.

South recently lost star senior Miranda LeJeune, who broke the pinkie finger on her right hand. The middle hopes to return for the playoffs. The Cougars are 5-16-1 overall and 3-7 in the Southwest Prairie after a two-set loss to visiting Plainfield Central.

“We’re a very young team, and we play on a roller coaster,” Larson said. “We’re learning to play together.”

LeJuene had 60 kills and 42 blocks before the possibly season-ending injury. Jordan McNeill, Brianna Langys and Kayleigh Harper have played key roles for the Cougars.

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