BATAVIA – The St. Charles East girls volleyball team came into a rowdy Batavia gym Wednesday night and quieted the Bulldogs in three games, 19-25, 25-17, 25-11.
Batavia was able to capitalize on East’s mistakes in the first game while playing superb defense, but the tide turned in favor of the Saints in the middle of the second game when senior middle hitter Mikaela Mosquera started to dominate the center of the court.
She had four kills in the second game and seven in the third for a total of 12 on the evening.
“We stared off a little slow,” Mosquera said. “We just needed to pick it up mentally.”
The Saints (14-3, 3-0 Upstate Eight Conference River) cleaned up their errors as the match went on and began to utilize their size in the middle.
Senior captain Megan Schildmeyer finished with eight kills, 21 assists, four service aces, seven digs and two blocks.
Senior Chloe Rojas added 17 digs while sophomores Kyla Augustine and Emily Schildmeyer had seven and six kills respectively.
“Batavia came out strong,” East coach Jennie Kull said. “… We didn’t pass well and we weren’t setting our offense as well as we needed to. Our second game was a little bit better and third game [we] started to get back into rhythm.”
East started the third game on an 11-0 run from which Batavia was not able to recover.
Still, the Bulldogs gave a much stronger overall showing than in a lopsided loss to East on Saturday at Prairie Ridge’s tournament.
“We watched a lot of film, we had a great game plan,” Batavia coach Lori Trippi-Payne said. “I am really proud of this team and what they did.”
Batavia (5-11, 2-1 UEC River) was led by senior Jancy Lundberg with seven kills and junior Alissa Danosky, who tallied five.
Captain Sam Bradle led the team with 17 assists and one service ace.
Both coaches talked about the depth and talent of the conference and how matches and standings will get tighter as the season progresses. East and Geneva are now the last remaining unbeaten teams in the conference.
“We know we have a tough road,” Kull said. “I’m very proud of how the Fox Valley has really upped its volleyball game.”
St. Charles East and Batavia do not play again until Tuesday when they both take to the road as East visits Streamwood and Batavia takes on St. Charles North.