Minooka blows by Plainfield CentralPlainfield Central's Dana Peterson (3) attempts to save the ball, at Thursday night's game between Minooka and Plainfield Central. | Paul James Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 1, 2011 8:37PM
It would have been easy for Minooka to be a little disenchanted 24 hours after an emotional three-set loss to mighty Joliet Catholic.
However, the Indians had other things on their mind, including include a successful defense of their Southwest Prairie Conference championship.
The Indians started their title defense with a solid, 25-17, 25-18 league victory Thursday at Plainfield Central.
The play of outside hitters Stacey Perinar and Skyler Day, as well as a host of Wildcat errors paved the way for Minooka’s 37th league win over the last three seasons.
Perinar (11 kills) and Day (seven kills) led the attack.
“We missed a lot of serves (Wednesday),” Perinar said. “Today, we needed to work on a few things and improve on a few things, and I think we did.”
“We played better all around tonight,” Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said.
A hitting error by Minooka (1-2, 1-0) allowed Plainfield Central (2-4, 0-1) to take a 12-10 lead in Game 1.
“We had one rotation we had trouble with,” Hoelscher said. “Joliet Catholic scored 13 straight that way the night before. When we started to see trouble, we called timeout and made them aware of what they needed to do. That helped.”
So did a set play to Perinar and four straight Plainfield Central errors, which turned the tide. Brittany Furjanic served all four points.
Bri Marquez, who led the Indians with 16 assists, served four straight points, the last coming on one of her four aces, to give the visitors a 6-2 lead in Game 2.
Perinar got in on the act, serving three straight points to give Minooka a 9-5 lead on an ace.
The Wildcats did not quit. Elizabeth Hyland’s kill from Taryn Trubich cut the Indians lead to 15-14.
After a timeout, Perinar’s kill sent Minooka on its way.
Haley Bowden’s six digs led the Indians’ defense.
Dana Peterson had eight digs to lead Plainfield Central. Erin Hyland came up with three kills, five block assists and five serving points. Trubich also had three kills and a team-best 10 assists, while Elizabeth Hyland had with five service points.