Girls Volleyball: Jacobs downs rival Dundee-CrownDundee Crown's Julia Parreno (2) bumps a ball during their first game against the Eagles at Jacobs H.S. Wednesday. October 17, 2012. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 17, 2012 10:10PM
If Wednesday’s “preview” between Dundee-Crown and Jacobs was any indication, Monday’s “main event” when the two teams meet again in the first round of the playoffs should be quite a show.
The host Golden Eagles wrapped up their regular season on senior night in Algonquin with a hard-fought 25-19, 25-21 Fox Valley Valley win over the underdog Chargers, but had to rally from behind in both games to do so.
Jacobs (26-9, 7-5) trailed 11-6 at one point in the first set and fell behind 13-11 midway through the second. However, senior captain and Toledo-bound Alyssa Ehrhardt wasn’t about to let the celebration of playing possibly her last game on her home floor be spoiled. Ehrhardt had a game-high 13 kills to lead the Golden Eagles to victory.
“It’s been a great past four years,” said Ehrhardt, whose team will face D-C at the Crystal Lake South Regional. “This court has been like my second home. So, it was a huge deal to be able come back and win here on senior night.”
Ehrhardt had three kills during a six-point service run by Jillian Hostetler in Game 1 that put the Eagles ahead 16-12. Hostetler added a pair of aces during that stretch.
“I think we might have had a little too much adrenaline going at the beginning because of senior night,” said Jacobs coach Lisa Dwyer. “It was just a matter of settling down and establishing our passing and getting into our offense.”
Jacobs continued to be dogged by mistakes in Game 2. The Golden Eagles had 15 unforced errors in the match, including eight service errors, but were still able to overcome it. Back-to-back kills by Bridget Wallenberger put Jacobs on top for good 14-13, but it was close down the wire.
“We know every time we face Dundee-Crown it is going to be a tough battle,” said Dwyer. “They are a scrappy team that can’t be taken lightly. I’m sure they are going to be ready for us on Monday, so we have to still work on cleaning up some things even more and playing more consistently.”
Jacobs will still head into Monday’s showdown the decided favorite, but D-C (12-17, 1-12) proved it is a team to be reckoned with.
“We are looking forward to the rematch,” said D-C coach Christine Hopkins-Muehl. “I think we showed tonight that we have made a lot of strides and we are not just going to be a pushover.
“I know our record doesn’t showcase it, but we have had some great moments this year. Now we just need to be consistent and put it all together.”
Steph Magsamen had nine kills to lead the Chargers. Cori Eischen added 12 assists.