Minooka takes close match over Plainfield Central
Updated: October 12, 2011 11:04AM
Minooka took Plainfield Central’s best shot in the first game of their Southwest Prairie Conference girls volleyball match Tuesday in Minooka.
The Indians fought back to post a 22-25, 25-22, 25-18 victory during a “Volley for the Cure” event.
The win gives Minooka (17-2, 11-0) a tie for its third league title over the past four years. Plainfield Central (15-12) fell three games back of the league leader at 7-4 with three matches to play.
“That’s the kind of game you would have hoped for in a match featuring two conference rivals,” Central coach Jessica Clark said. “Overall, it was a great game and a great match.”
“We are always going to see everybody’s best,” Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said. “Game 1, they gave us their best. I was glad we had a good, strong match. We haven’t had one in a while.”
It was the first three-game match for Minooka since a loss to Joliet Catholic the first week of the season.
After the team’s split matches by identical scores, Kasey Schumacher served eight straight points, including a pair of aces, to open Game 3. Shannon Hagen’s kill ended the run.
Minooka led 13-3, but Elizabeth Hyland’s solo block cut it to 23-17, forcing Minooka to call its second timeout. The match ended on a serve error by the Wildcats.
“After the first game we had to bring it together as a team,” Minooka setter Bri Marquez said. “We weren’t working together as a team.”
Stacey Perniar’s 20 kills and seven digs led the Indians in both categories. Skyler Day played through a left wrist injury to post five kills.
Marquez dished out 20 assists, to go along with three kills and four blocks. Haley Hagen’s eight kills, Taryn Trubich’s 22 assists and Dana Peterson’s eight digs topped the Wildcats.