Bowe steps up for RosaryAurora Central's Amber Konen saves a point against Rosary in Aurora on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 28, 2011 9:16PM
It was her turn Wednesday night and Erin Bowe made the most of it.
The junior outside hitter hasn’t seen a lot of court time this season for the Rosary volleyball team, playing behind standouts like four-year starter Amelia Wegman and electric junior Briana Flagg. Bowe got a rare start with Flagg out due to a death in the family and responded with a team-high eight kills in the Royals’ 25-19, 25-9 win over Aurora Central.
“I stepped in and I think I held it together, replacing her just for the night,” said the 5-foot-8-and-a-half Bowe, who also started Monday against Guerin when Wegman was making a college visit.
The opener was a tight affair until Rosary broke from a 19-16 advantage with a three-point run on Wegman and Marissa Prochaska kills sandwiched around an Alexis Banks service ace to make it 22-16 and the Chargers could get no closer.
“The first game we made quite a few errors, including four service errors,” said Rosary coach Lisa Kasper. “We cleaned those up in the second game and we were on a roll.”
ACC, 7-11 and 0-6 in the Suburban Christian Blue, got four of Kendall Adams’ five kills in the opener.
“We had 19 points in a loss to St. Francis, too,” said an encouraged ACC coach Jeanne Czipri. “I’m not worried about the opponents. I’m more concerned with us. I think we played phenomenal. But give Rosary a lot of credit. Coach Kasper has her team playing well and they keep getting stronger and stronger, but I liked the way we fought back (in the opener).”
Bowe’s hitting error allowed the Chargers to break the hosts’ 4-0 run to start the second set, but she responded quickly, pounding home a kill off an Alexis Banks set to make it 5-1. It started a 7-0 Rosary run behind the serving of defensive specialist Katie Baki that made it 11-1.
Bowe had two more kills in that spurt, Kate Stefanski (four kills, three blocks) had one and Baki notched a pair of aces.
“She hasn’t been playing much,” Kasper said of Bowe. “I told her at the beginning of the year she was playing behind two very good players but she needed to be ready because it’s a long season and a lot can happen. I’m really proud of her.”
The Royals got six kills and a pair of blocks from Wegman, nine assists from Banks and eight more from Abby Konovodoff and climb to 19-7 and 4-2.