Girls Volleyball: St Charles North wins regional title

Updated: October 25, 2012 9:49PM

It certainly didn’t come easy, but St. Charles North won its second straight Class 4A regional title Thursday.

This one came on its home court with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-19 win over sixth-seeded Glenbard North. The fourth-seeded North Stars now head to Larkin next week in search of their first sectional title since 2007. They will face Glenbard West on Tuesday.

Junior Taylor Krage led the North Stars with 11 kills. Daley Krage added seven kills while Emily Belz served for four aces.

“We knew this was going to be a very tough match and we would have to work hard for this,” North coach Lindsey Hawkins said. “We talked before the game about having each other’s back. That when they push us we all have to pull together and push back a little harder.”

Twice in the first set St. Charles North (23-12) let four point leads slip away and found itself down 22-21 late. However, a monster slam from Emily Carroll ignited the North Stars and tied the game 22-22. Another kill from Carroll and two from Taylor Krage closed out the game.

“We just stuck together as a team,” Krage said. “We were focused in on winning this one for the seniors.”

The North Stars really caught their stride midway through Game 2, going on a 7-0 run behind the serving of Sydney Wohlert to open an 18-11 lead. Krage had four kills during the stretch. Glenbard North could get no closer than two points the rest of the way. Belz had two aces down the stretch to help the North Stars secure the victory.

“Winning that tough first game gave us a lot of confidence,” Hawkins said. “We really started believing in ourselves and started putting it all together. It’s a really good feeling to be able to do this in front of the home crowd. I’m really appreciative of how hard all the girls have worked.”

Stephanie Tobison and Destiny Wade each had five kills to lead Glenbard North.

“I’m proud of the way our girls battled,” Glenbard North coach Jeremy Bradley said. “We were right there and only a couple plays away from making it completely different match. But give credit to St. Charles, they played a little more consistently than we did and made the big plays when they had to.”

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