Girls Volleyball: Plainfield North hangs on against Oswego East

Updated: October 18, 2012 10:10PM

In addition to the emotional words and decorated walls that make Senior Night a special event, Plainfield North’s girls volleyball team ended its regular season Thursday with a 25-21, 20-25, 25-22 Southwest Prairie Conference victory over Oswego East.

Plainfield North (25-8, 13-1), which clinched the conference championship Tuesday against Oswego, rallied from a 14-13 deficit in the third game against Oswego East to finish the night on a high note.

“Winning the conference was very important, considering we did not do very well last year,’’ Dakota Santore said. “This year we wanted to turn it around and be the best.’’

Santore did more than her share Thursday with 13 kills. Kate Federico also was a major contributor with nine kills and 31 assists.

“I just wanted to win for the seniors,’’ said Santore, a junior. “It was their night. We needed to pick it up for them.’’

Two consecutive kills by Santore gave North a 23-20 lead in the first game before senior Marisa Warner earned the final two points of the 12-4 run.

Oswego East put together a 7-0 streak in the second game to build a 20-13 lead. North closed the gap to 21-19 after a timeout, but Oswego East took the game with a 4-1 finish.

Santore recorded the final three kills in the third game after Lucia Vargas had given North a 22-19 lead.

“The passing got better so I could hit harder,’’ Santore said. “It was a team effort.’’

Besides Warner, the other seniors on the team are Emily Simonelli, Jessica Tobillo, Alyssa Bullock and Kelly Deininger.

“We’ve got a group of seniors this year who have bought into the direction of the program,’’ North coach Tracey Marshall said. “They’ve really set the tone and the training environment. That’s been driving this team. We don’t have any stars.’’

Plainfield North will host a regional tournament next week.

“We want to go further than we went last year,’’ Federico said. “We didn’t make it past regional. We know we have a great group.’’

“This is the time of year that we work for,’’ Marshall said. “Any good program, a conference championship is an expectation. Then we move forward from there.’’

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