BARTLETT – The St. Charles East boys volleyball team rallied from a Game 1 defeat to beat Upstate Eight Conference crossover foe Bartlett on Thursday, 16-25, 25-20, 25-19.
Tom DeBruyne (25 assists, six digs), Luke Spicer (12 kills) and Davey Knudsen (seven digs) helped the Saints rally.
“We’ve just really been getting a lot better throughout the season as far as when things start to spiral out of control, we’re able to stop it before it gets too bad,” East coach Kate McCullagh said. “ … I am proud of them tonight that they didn’t lose faith even though things weren’t going our way. They were struggling a little.”
McCullagh said the Saints (9-12) were able to win despite failing to find their rhythm.
“I wouldn’t say that we showed Bartlett really what we had,” McCullagh said. “Our hitting would be good and then we couldn’t pass the ball, or vice versa. We just were a little off today.”
The Saints return to action on Tuesday with a crosstown rumble against St. Charles North.
Geneva 14, St. Charles East 1: At St. Charles, Geneva dominated the Upstate Eight Conference River match. With the win, Geneva won the conference title for the third straight year.
Geneva’s top five singles players – Ann Green, Melanie Burkhardt, Nicole Schneider, Suchada Ritsiri and Cara Birschbach – each won in two games.
The Saints’ lone win came from Pruthvi Patel at No. 7 singles.