ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East girls volleyball coach Jennie Kull was not happy with how her team played Tuesday in a win over Larkin.
Metea Valley coach Dave MacDonald was pleased with his team’s come-from-behind win over West Chicago on Tuesday.
Both coaches said their team’s performances Tuesday carried over into Wednesday, when Metea Valley rallied for a 16-25, 25-23, 25-21 Upstate Eight Conference crossover win in St. Charles.
“Yesterday, I was not really pleased with how we played,” Kull said. “And again today we just didn’t take care of the ball. That is the bottom line.
“The thing that disappointed me was the missed serves. It’s OK to be aggressive and serve aggressively. But we have to be able to get serves in when it matters. This is the first time that has happened to us this year.
“I don’t think we played well tonight, but I don’t want to take anything away from what Metea Valley did. They are a good team.”
East trailed 11-10 in Game 1, but a kill by Sydney Urban, another by Alex Mazanke and a block kill from Mazanke gave the Saints (8-2) a 13-11 lead.
A block-kill by Mikaela Mosquera, a Carly Jimenez tip point and an ace from Emily Vitel brought the Saints to game point, and they ended it on a Mosquera kill.
In Game 2, the Saints led 23-19 and appeared poised to end the match, but the Mustangs (6-3) rallied to score the game’s final six points to force Game 3.
“They were able to take advantage of our errors and force a third game,” Kull said. “I was a little disappointed that we didn’t finish the second game. They did, and then they took advantage of the momentum they had heading into Game 3.”
“It all stems from last night’s game against West Chicago,” MacDonald said. “We trailed the second game, 20-12, and came back to win the match in two games.
“These girls don’t give up. We started off the first here dead. First game, no energy from last night. Our senior leadership is amazing. They picked us up and brought us together.”
In the third game, the Saints never led, as Metea got off to a 3-0 lead and did not give it up.
However, the Saints did not quit, and after trailing 8-3, they fought back to tie the score at 12 before the Mustangs once again put some distance between themselves and East with leads of 15-12, 16-13,18-14 and 20-16.
A Dana Voltolina kill gave the Saints brief life, trailing only 23-20, but the Mustangs did not relinquish their lead and closed the match with a kill.
“We are young, and this is a learning experience,” Kull said. “We have had a long road lately. We will be back in the gym tomorrow, working on getting ourselves better.
“A real positive that came out of tonight’s game is our players worked really hard and continued to push. They didn’t give up in the third game. That is a key going forward.”
Mosquera had five kills and four blocks; Voltolina five kills and five digs; Megan Schildmeyer 10 digs and four kills and Jimenez nine digs, four kills and two aces.
Nina Tuszynski led Metea Valley with seven kills, while Lexie Lobdell and Kaylyn Torain had five each and Alyssa Jepson had four.
“East is a historic program,” MacDonald. “East has a great team. It is always hard to win on the road, especially here. It is a great win for our program to come in here and win on the road in this environment.”