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Prep Roundup: St. Francis volleyball sweeps Marian

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The St. Francis girls volleyball team needed to rally.

On the road Wednesday at Marian Central in a Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division battle, the Spartans watched the Hurricanes whittle away at their lead in Game 2.

The Spartans already had rallied from a 12-7 deficit in Game 1, taking advantage of five points off blocks en route to a 25-19 win.

However, the Hurricanes didn’t back down in the second game despite trailing, 10-3. Using a 7-1 run Marian took a 21-18 lead.

But with sophomore hitter Molly Haggerty leading St. Francis’ offense, the Spartans recovered to overcome two game points and outlast Marian, 28-26, in Game 2 to sweep the match.

“I think we passed well, played better defense,” said St. Francis coach Peg Kopec of her team’s Game 2 rally. “I think we acted a little lackluster. We just didn’t have a lot of fire.”

Haggerty led the Spartans, 30-3 overall and unbeaten in the conference, with eight kills and also had 13 digs and two aces while Kamryn Malloy tallied five kills.

IC Catholic Prep 2, Rosary 1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-20): At Aurora, Rosary stayed close in the SCC match behind Erin Burke’s 12 kills. Jo Gallagher (12 digs, four kills) had a solid overall night while Martha Konovodoff contributed 25 digs for the Royals.

BOYS SOCCER

Class 1A St. Edward Regional – Aurora Central Catholic 5, Elgin Academy 1: At Elgin, four different ACC players scored the first five goals of the match, helping the Chargers advance to Saturday’s regional final against the host Green Wave.

Enrique Anaya opened the scoring 11:20 in, while David Petesch scored twice in the final 9:56 before halftime, including a penalty kick.

“We knocked the ball around pretty well and kept lots of possession of it and didn’t give them a lot of opportunities in the second half,” Chargers coach Eric Cournaya said. “We took advantage of that and built on it early in the second half.”

ACC (8-11) lost, 4-1, to visiting St. Edward in SCC play last month.

“We had a couple mental mistakes and they got some bounces and they ended up winning, 4-1, but it was actually a very close game if you were at the game,” Cournaya said.

Burlington Central 4, Richmond-Burton 0: At Burlington, BC rolled on its senior night to finish unbeaten in the Big Northern Conference East for the first time in school history with a 12-0 mark. Central, which is 19-2 overall, opened the scoring with a Paolo Sespene goal 12:44 in.

• Meghan Montemurro contributed to this report.

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