Girls Volleyball: Hinsdale Central knocks off Young for regional crown

Updated: October 25, 2012 8:43PM



Everything seemed to go wrong for Hinsdale Central in the first set of its own Class 4A regional final against Young.

But the sixth-seeded Red Devils recovered in each of the next two sets to beat third-seeded Young 9-25, 25-11, 25-22 Thursday night to claim their fourth consecutive regional title. Coco Bergdoll led the rally with five of her match-high nine kills in the third set after the Dolphins (24-13) tied the match at 18 in the final set.

Hinsdale Central (12-25) advanced to play second-seeded St. Ignatius (28-9), a 25-14, 25-18 winner over Lyons, in the Riverside-Brookfield Sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. St. Ignatius beat the Devils 25-14, 25-11 in a nonconference match Sept. 26 in Hinsdale.

Virginia-bound setter Meghan McDowell (20 assists) also ignited the comeback with four of her six kills in the third set. Two of her kills came after Young tied the third set at 18 on a service error by Central’s Brooke Istvan. The Devils took a 19-18 lead on Dominique Millette’s first kill of the set and after a Young hitting error, McDowell pushed the lead to 21-18 with a kill on second contact off Rachael Lenderman’s assist.

“I think we realized, at least for me, that this could be our last home game,” McDowell said. “For the seniors, it could be the last time we play high school volleyball. We came out with a lot of heart [the second set].”

The Dolphins controlled the first set, taking leads of 7-1 and 17-3. Hinsdale committed seven hitting errors in the set.

The Devils led 13-4 in the second set and took a 14-8 lead before scoring eight consecutive points.

Young coach Jamie Walters said several of her team’s losses this season have come in three-set matches where the Dolphins won the first set.

“It’s something we’ve been dealing with all season,” Walter said. “It’s been our problem. We really hit a mental break down.”

Seton Hall-bound Danielle Schroeder also had nine kills and two aces for Young, but went without a kill in the second set. Wake Forest-bound middle hitter Hanna Lee added six kills and three blocks to end her career.

Lucy Crofton had six kills off the bench for the Devils. Lenderman, a senior libero, finished with a match-high four aces.

Bergdoll’s big finish was mainly due to McDowell, who kept setting to Bergdoll even after Hinsdale lost a 14-7 lead in the third set.

“We work so well,” Bergdoll said. “She trusts me as a hitter. She knows where were to get it to me to put the ball down.”

The Devils picked up their first regional title under first-year coach Kelly Moran, who succeeded Sherilynn Kellough.

They relaxed,” Moran said of the second set. “They were so nervous, so tense the first set. They wanted it so bad. They wanted to be so perfect.”

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