ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East boys volleyball team was part of a record-setting match, albeit in a loss, as the Saints fell, 25-23, 41-39, to Metea Valley in Thursday's Upstate Eight Conference crossover match.
The Game 2 marathon set an IHSA boys volleyball record, according to IHSA.org, which lists 38 points scored by Hinsdale Central against Addison Trail in 2008 as the previous high point total for a team in one game.
"It was cool because I even told [the players], out of all my years of high school and college volleyball, me playing and then coaching, and I played longer than I've coached so far, this has been the coolest game I've ever been a part of," East coach Kate McCullagh said. "I've never seen a game go that far, ever. It was kind of a new experience for everyone."
McCullagh said the caliber of play was impressive on both ends but the twist-filled game ended somewhat anticlimactically.
"It ended on an iffy in or out call so the immediate reaction … from everyone, including myself, our blood was pumping so quickly, we were all ready to rage and be frustrated, but then we kind of regrouped before we shook hands, looked each other in the eye and I think that kind of calmed us, to realize how cool it was to be part of a game that went so high and have so many young men battling [on both teams] – it was a really cool experience," McCullagh said.
Luke Spicer had 23 kills, Tom Wolfsmith had nine kills and Thomas DeBruyne added 30 assists for East (20-13).
St. Francis 2, Wheaton Academy 0 (25-23, 25-19): At West Chicago, Robert Smith had 24 assists, Jeff Jendryk had eight kills and three blocks and Greg Churney added eight kills for St. Francis (27-5).
Geneva 6, Elgin 5: At Geneva, the Vikings scored three runs to win it in the bottom of the seventh. Jack Wassel went 3 for 4 with two RBIs while Max Novak pitched six innings of four-run ball for Geneva (17-11, 13-10 UEC River).
Morris 4, Kaneland 1: At Morris, Kaneland (14-12, 9-6 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) was swept in the three-game series. Jacob Bachio went 1 for 2 with a run scored while losing pitcher Anthony Holubecki (4-2) struck out six and allowed five hits in six innings.
Geneva 4, Streamwood 3: At Streamwood, Annika Radabaugh and Anna Geary both homered in support of winning pitcher Rachel Fanella for Geneva (16-11, 9-8 UEC River).
Burlington Central 15, North Boone 0 (5 inn.): At Burlington, Alyssa Mish went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Shelby Young went 2 for 3 with a triple as Central (17-7, 10-2 Big Northern East) wrapped up the conference season in second place. Courtni Neubauer and Ashley Ratliff combined on a one-hitter.
Chicago Christian 6, Rosary 4: At Aurora, Sarah Willman had three hits and an RBI and Sam Phelps went 2 for 4 with two RBIs but Rosary fell short in the Suburban Christian Conference contest.
Geneva 4, Glenbard South 0: At Glen Ellyn, Geneva capped its regular season with a 13-5-2 record as Mary Landry scored twice and Michaela Loebel and Courtney Lardas added goals. Sam Hauser and Emma Harkleroad combined on a shutout in net.
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Metea Valley Sectional: St. Charles North advanced with a 13-12 quarterfinal win against Hinsdale Central. The North Stars will play Naperville North tonight in a sectional semifinal.
St. Charles East, meanwhile, was eliminated in its quarterfinal match against Naperville North, 13-3.
Geneva 5, Batavia 4: At Batavia, Geneva won the bragging rights match.