Plainfield North tops South
Updated: October 6, 2011 8:13PM
Fight Like A Girl!
It was plastered on the south gym wall and ironed on shirts during Plainfield South’s Volley for the Cure game Thursday against Plainfield North.
Plainfield North blew by Plainfield South in a 26-24, 25-23 Southwest Prairie Conference.
It was inspirational to South coach Amy Larson, who was not on the sideline.
Instead, she was in the stands per doctors orders.
The second-year coach was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and is currently receiving treatment.
“It’s hard, really hard,” Larson said. “When I was told I couldn’t coach, it was really hard. But, I feel much better. It’s a process and it’s going to take some time.”
Larson needs time to rest and recuperate in the hopes she’ll be back on the sideline soon. Assistant coach Tony Sanchez has taken her place in the meantime.
“I’ve been away for two or three weeks,” Larson said. “I decided to come tonight. They didn’t know I was coming tonight.”
Plainfield North (13-12, 7-4) led 22-17 in Game 1, but trailed 24-23 on Kate Federico’s kill. Three straight Cougar errors gave Game 1 to the Tigers.
In Game 2, Plainfield North raced to a 10-1 lead.
However, the Cougars (6-17, 2-10 in the SPC) rallied, again, cutting the lead to 24-23. Dakota Santore’s kill from Alex Marszalek ended the game.
Marszalek came up with eight kills and seven digs. Santore posted five digs, four aces and four kills. Alison Kimmel and Emily Simonelli each had six kills
“They have to learn how to suffer a little bit sometimes because that’s where you build confidence and maturity to put it away,” Plainfield North coach Tracey Marshall said about not calling time out late in game 2. “They are working better together, so it’s looking pretty good.”