AURORA – St. Francis needed three games to defeat Suburban Christian Conference Blue girls volleyball rival Rosary when the teams met in Wheaton three weeks ago.
On Wednesday, the Spartans turned a keener eye toward executing fundamentals as they secured a 25-13, 25-22 sweep on the road.
McKenna Kelsay collected 24 assists and six digs while keeping a strong rapport with Maddie Haggerty (12 kills) to boost St. Francis.
“We played pretty well on defense, got to a few more balls and are getting better with blocking,” Spartans coach Peg Kopec said. “This is always a nice team of year to be doing that.”
Lexie Riccolo served 14 points for St. Francis (26-5, 9-1 SCC Blue), which had its hands full with Royals outside hitter Bri Flagg (nine kills).
“Bri played really well,” Rosary coach Rachel Hartmann said. “She always gets her points, but tonight she played even better. She really was the aggressive outside we are looking for.”
Katie Baki added 11 digs for the Royals (17-8, 4-2 SCC Blue), while Jo Gallagher and Tori Tassos dished nine assists apiece.
The Spartans and Royals were tied at 8-all in Game 1.
“Our block and defense wasn’t as strong,” Hartmann said, “and that showed.”
Aurora Central Catholic 2, St. Edward 1 (25-16, 16-25, 30-28): At Aurora, ACC scored its first SCC Gold victory of the season and improved to 8-15 overall.
Class AA West Aurora Regional: At Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora, Batavia’s Sierra McNee (88) and Lauren Anderson advanced as individuals to Monday’s Burlington Central Sectional at Randall Oaks in West Dundee. Batavia placed fifth in the nine-team event.
Playing on her 16th birthday, Bing Singshumalee of regional champion Waubonsie Valley was medalist with an 8-under par 64.
Class AA Freeport Regional: At the Park Hills West Course in Freeport, Burlington Central’s Jenna Kurosky (83) and Josie Kurosky (99) advanced as individuals to Monday’s Burlington Central Sectional at Randall Oaks along with Tori Guyton of Kaneland, who shot 91.
Class A Johnsburg Regional: At Boone Creek Golf Course in Bull Valley, Rosary (405) edged St. Francis (412) for the third and final team qualifying spot for Monday’s Genoa-Kingston Sectional at The Oak Club of Genoa. Victoria Phipps (90) and Jenna Streich (98) paced the Royals.
Three Chronicle-area athletes advanced as individuals: St. Francis’ Sarah Pinns (86) and Alyssa Fernandez (101), and Wheaton Academy’s Hailey Farmer (102).