Girls Volleyball: Marist edges Joliet CatholicMarist's Rachel Dalton (13) goes up for a kill against Joliet Catholic's Angela Vera (4) during their volleyball game in Chicago Tuesday, October 9, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 9, 2012 8:36PM
Marist’s 29-27, 25-19 victory over Joliet Catholic Tuesday may ultimately be remembered as the night the RedHawks took control of the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
But did the RedHawks do it with help from a phantom point in the first set?
The scoreboard read 21-20 after a kill by JCA’s Katelyn Seeman. When timeout was called. When the teams returned to the court the scoreboard read 21-21.
Angels coach Chris Scheibe left the bench to ask for a check of the official sheet, which reflected the score as 21-21.
It wasn’t, however, what JCA’s running tally on the bench had, and it wasn’t what two unofficial scorebooks had. A frustrated Scheibe returned to her seat.
The two teams battled it out into overtime, before a Mallory Salis kill ended the game in Marist’s favor.
“We have to go by what the scorebook says whether I agree with it or not,” Scheibe said later. “It’s a learning lesson of something you have to fight through.
“It hurt a little bit more when we got (ahead) 24-23 because that would have been 25-23. But we can’t use that as an excuse. We have to play the game, take care of the fundamentals and be mentally tough to fight through it.”
Marist coach Natalie Holder said that she wasn’t sure about the tally, but didn’t cast doubt on Scheibe’s complaint.
“I was engrossed in wanting to call a timeout because of my girls so I wasn’t looking at the scoreboard,” she said. “But (Scheibe) isn’t one to get upset and complain unless there is a reason.
“If she was upset, then maybe it did happen. But at the time I was focused on my side of the net and I really wanted to talk to my girls at that time because the momentum was shifting.”
The biggest momentum shift occurred early in Game 2 when a Salis kill sent Elyse Panick to the service line, where she scored four points in a row to make it 8-3 RedHawks.
JCA eventually clawed back to get within 18-16, but another three-point burst via a cross-court kill by Salis and a kill and block by Dalton put Marist in command.
Salis finished with 13 kills, while Panick added eight kills and seven digs, Kelly Marcinek seven kills and seven digs, Carolyn Yerkes seven digs, Taylor Holder 14 assists and Molly Mayo 13 assists for Marist (21-5, 7-0).
JCA (23-5, 5-2) was paced by Morgan Reardon (13 kills), Mallory Mangun (23 assists, 9 digs), Julia Shemaitis (7 kils) and Sarah Adler (8 digs).