Girls Volleyball: Providence serves up win against Lincoln-Way Central

Updated: October 23, 2012 8:49PM

In beating St. Ignatius earlier this season, Providence’s Krista Brakauskas saw her teammates serve as well as they ever have.

A close second in terms of serving performance? Tuesday night’s 25-20, 25-13 win over Lincoln-Way West in a Class 3A Morris Regional semifinal.

The serving dominance in the second game came after a sluggish first game.

“The difference was the serving,” Brakauskas said. “Annie Cummings showed us how we should be serving with aggressiveness, and we picked it up there. (Tuesday) was just great.”

Brakauskas had six kills, six assists and eight digs for Providence (25-11), with Annie Cummings (six digs, two blocks), Haley Lahey (three blocks) and Alyssa Maloney (five kills, two blocks) contributing. The Celtics will play Joliet Catholic at 6 p.m. Thursday for the regional title.

“We’ve been preparing for this for so long,” Brakauskas said. “We’ll come out with everything we have against JCA.”

Joliet Catholic beat host Morris 25-20, 25-13 in the other semifinal.

After squeaking out a win in the first game Providence’s stepped up at the service line. Maggie Turk’s 5-0 service run helped the Celtics pull away early at 9-3.

Doubling up Lincoln-Way West at 10-5, it was Annie Cummings who took over. Cummings helped pick apart the Warriors defense, rattling off 10 straight service points, including an ace, as Providence went up 20-5.

“It was a serving extravaganza,” Providence coach Rachel Ellingson said with a smile.

Lincoln-Way West (20-15) put together a late run with Sarah Wegrzyn slamming three kills and an ace, but the Cummings run proved to be the difference.

“We had an off day on serve-receive, and the wheels came off,” Lincoln-Way West coach Rory Harrison said. “It was a lot of subbing and adjusting, and we could never get going.”

Wegrzyn (eight digs, seven kills), Hannah Chesley (five digs), Kelly Staack (six assists), Therese Schultz (three kills) and Erin Carberry (three kills) led the Warriors.

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