Girls Volleyball: Lemont outlasts Lockport to win regional
Updated: October 25, 2012 9:14PM
The combination of senior leadership from Megan Litoborski and Kiley Rendak and a couple of underclassmen delivering key points down the stretch Thursday night propelled Lemont to the title of the Class 4A Romeoville Regional.
Litoborski (25 assists, 8 digs) and Rendak (nine kills) were all smiles even after the team pictures had been taken on the floor celebrating Lemont’s 13-25, 25-21, 25-19 victory over Lockport.
“I don’t know if I’ve won regionals the four years I’ve been here,’’ Litoborski said. “Maybe my sophomore year. It’s just so exciting. We all worked together really hard. I’m just really proud of my team.’’
“I never thought we were going to make it this far, the regional championship,’’ Rendak said. “That’s pretty cool. I can’t wait to brag in school.’’
Lemont (25-12) advances to the Tuesday’s semifinals of the Neuqua Valley Sectional against Plainfield North, a 25-11, 25-14 winner over Oswego East at the Plainfield North Regional.
Rendak provided the final three kills in the second set, including the game-winning point that Lockport hit into the net to swing the momentum to Lemont.
“We didn’t really have much energy,’’ Litoborski said of the opening-set defeat. “I think that loss really got us pumped up for the next two games. We just had motivation. We had all of our fans cheering us on.’’
“We kind of got a feel for how they tipped,’’ Rendak said. “We were able to come up with the tips. Megan did a great job of setting. We were able to get to the kills.’’
In the third set, back-to-back Lockport errors and aces by Ali Lund (six kills) gave Lemont a 24-19 edge before Kelly Ferguson (three kills) ended the match.
Also contributing for Lemont were Cara Howell (six kills), Tess Cannon (six digs) and Haley Sullivan (six digs).
“I think the girls played two games that were phenomenal volleyball,’’ Lemont coach Chris Zogata said. “That’s the best they’ve played and it’s the time to do it.’’
“The first game Lemont made a lot of unforced errors,’’ Lockport coach Erika Lange said. “Then their hitters stopped hitting into the net and started making us play. We knew it would be a battle for the rest of the match.’’
Lockport (25-11) was led by Kayla Pfeiffer (15 kills, eight digs), Aubrey Ficek (11 kills, 14 digs) and Katie Tabisz (21 assists).
“I’m incredibly proud of this team,’’ Lange said. “The last 10-15 matches they really came together and played with a lot of heart.’’