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Optimism Abundant Despite Loss In Regional

By Don Collins

 

BRADLEY, Illinois - The BBCHS varsity volleyball team lost their matchup against Lincoln-Way East on Tuesday (Oct. 23) in straight sets (25-16; 25-19). The Boilermakers finished the season with a 22-14 overall record.

 

The first set started with LWE, the home team according to seeding, taking an early advantage that built into an 11-5 lead. The Boilers would battle back and trim the lead down to two (11-9) and force East to take a timeout. The lead would shrink to as little as one, but a late push by the Griffins saw them take the set 25-16.

 

In the second set, the Boilers came out and played to an 8-5 lead. The Griffins would come all the way back and tie the set at 10 before taking the lead. After a Boilermaker timeout, East led 17-13. LWE would maintain their advantage despite the efforts of BBCHS and won the set 25-19.

 

DOWLING DISCUSSION

Coach Kary Dowling was asked about her takeaways from the match.

 

“I was really proud of the girls tonight. We’ve been pushing and I felt like there was more fight in them. Liz stepped up and addressed the team tonight beforehand and I was really proud of her. She lived up to it. I felt like she had a lot of fight in her tonight. I’m going to miss that.”

 

One player that Dowling highlighted as someone who showed growth over the course of the season was Lindsey Mahoney.

 

“Going forward, I was super impressed with Lindsey Mahoney tonight. I was really on her case at the beginning of the year. I felt like there was a higher level. I felt like there was some more athleticism that she could tap into and I saw it tonight. She’s been getting better and better.”

 

With the latest chapter of BBCHS volleyball coming to a close, the future of the program now is turned over into the hands of the younger members of the team.

 

“We have a lot to look forward to,” Dowling said. “We’re really going to miss these seniors, but I think that our juniors saw tonight some of the things that we’ve been missing a little bit. I hope that gives them a little fuel coming back.”

 

STAT LEADERS

  • Chloe Memenga led the team with 7 kills
    • She also led in Service points with 5
    • Added 1 ace
  • Reece Brown had a team-leading 9 assists
  • Mallory Januski had 3 blocks
  • Gianna Basile had 10 digs