Girls Volleyball: Taylor Fricano propels Palatine past Glenbrook North

Updated: October 25, 2012 9:10PM

For a while it seemed like momentum had shifted Glenbrook North’s way, but Palatine outside hitter Taylor Fricano was simply too much to handle as the Pirates downed the Spartans 25-20, 16-25, 25-11 to capture the Class 4A Rolling Meadows Regional volleyball title.

“She obviously causes a lot of problems for anybody because she can hit with power,” Glenbrook North coach Chris Cooper said. “But she also places the ball real well and mixes up the speeds, so it’s hard to play any kind of single defense against her. You got to try to just be fluid.

“She’s a tough kid to score against. We scored most of our points when she got in the back row and that third (set), we just never got into a roll when they were in that rotation.”

Trailing 21-17 in the first set Thursday, Cooper called timeout, and the Spartans responded with three consecutive points to draw within one. That’s when the set got away from Glenbrook North due to multiple bad breaks.

First, two players ran into each other to allow the Pirates to regain the serve, and then junior outside hitter Kate Kamin’s point-saving bump over the net ricocheted off of an overhead pipe to give Palatine a 23-20 lead.

Palatine took an early lead in the second set as well, but Kamin ended Fricano’s service run with a critical spike that deflected off of a Palatine player’s leg. Service errors, missed spikes and poor communication combined with several powerful spikes by Spartans junior middle hitter Leah Reinfranck to unseat the Pirates in the second set.

The third set got off to a promising start for Glenbrook North, but an 11-4 Palatine run put the set firmly in the Pirates’ control. Fricano registered several spikes and Palatine ran away with the title.

Fricano finished with six kills as well as eight digs, while libero Casey Dolen quietly compiled nine aces and 12 digs.

The Spartans finished their season with a 29-8 record.

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