Girls Volleyball: Lemont stings Shepard

Story Image Lemont's Tess Cannon makes a dig against Shepard during their volleyball game in Palos HeightsTuesday, October 16, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Updated: October 16, 2012 7:11PM

There will not be an undefeated champion in the South Suburban Conference.

Lemont made sure of that Tuesday in very emphatic fashion, marching into Shepard and sweeping the host Astros 25-12, 25-17.

“We were really ready to go,” middle Kelly Ferguson said. “We prepared ourselves all week for this match at practice. We were tired after a tournament (at Glenbard East), but we just thought to ourselves that we really had to get going for this match. We wanted to be their first loss.”

Lemont (22-12, 11-1) also clinched a tie for first place in the South Suburban Blue. The Indians can clinch outright with a win Thursday against Hillcrest.

Shepard (18-6, 11-1) can clinch the South Suburban Red crown outright with a victory Thursday vs. Evergreen Park.

Tuesday’s showdown between division champions was competitive early, with Shepard leading 4-1 at one point in Game 1. Lemont went in front for the first time at 6-5 but the Astros stayed close, Natalie Carberry’s kill getting them to within 15-12.

That’s when Lemont dropped the hammer.

The Indians scored the final 10 points of Game 1, two coming on aces by Haley Sullivan (14 services points). Ferguson and Ali Lund (four kills) were aggressive at the net, with Ferguson registering two blocks and Lund one.

“We’ve been practicing on blocking really hard at practice,” Ferguson said. “It paid off, obviously. We worked on setting the block and seeing the hitter, and it helped so much.”

Cara Howell (11 kills) was the main go-to hitter for setter Megan Litoborski (18 assists), as Lemont raced to a 6-0 lead in Game 2. It was 17-15 when her kill sparked an 8-2 run to close it out.

“They were really prepared for us,” Carberry (three kills, six digs) said. “They outworked us and outplayed us. I just don’t think our block was up to speed with their hits, and their swings were really on, sharp angles and everything.

“Everyone has a bad day. This was just our bad day. We’ll be ready for Evergreen and the Lyons Tournament coming up.”

Franchesca Graffeo had 10 digs, Stephanie Korbakes four kills and eight digs, and Caroline Graham 14 assists for Shepard.

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