Mundelein 10/18/12 Carmel's Gracie Schofield (13) | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 18, 2012 2:06AM
Host Carmel survived a stretch in which Lake Forest won 27 of 36 points and beat the Scouts 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 on Thursday in a non-conference prep girls volleyball match.
Lake Forest now heads to the Crosstown Classic, where it will play Warren, Antioch and North Chicago today at Warren High School.
Carmel (21-16) awaits the start of IHSA tourney play next week.
“Down the stretch, the defense was the best we’ve probably played all season,” said Carmel senior Caitlin Barry. “Grace Schofield (Carmel’s other outside hitter, along with Barry) had some of the best hits I’ve ever seen her have. We played as a team so it feels real good to get a win.”
Carmel was up a game and ahead 20-12 in Game 2 when Lake Forest closed the game on a 13-2 run, and then raced out to a 14-7 lead in Game 3 before the Corsairs reeled the Scouts in.
“They’re disappointed today because they feel that when they play their best game, they can play with a very good team like Carmel,” said Scouts coach Ray Werner. “I’m proud of how hard the girls have been working, how they’ve stayed together, and how they look at the next game as an opportunity to play better ball tomorrow.”
Statistically, Carmel was led on Senior Night by Barry (5 kills, 5 aces), Schofield (5 kills), Lynn Zemaitis (6 kills) Elizabeth Rengers (4 kills) and setter Alyssa Armada.
For Lake Forest, Maria Pesek had 10 kills.
“My team maintaining confidence and focus has been the message all season,” said Carmel coach Dave Pazely. “We’d still like the execution to not be a roller-coaster ride, but they pulled it together in Game 3 for our seniors.”
Last year, Carmel won a sectional title in the small-school division, but they’re playing with the big schools this fall.
“Last year, we were the No. 1 seed,” Pazely said. “We were expected to come out of the sectional. Now, we’re in the middle of the pack in 4A. That still means we’re a good team, especially in this sectional, but we’re going to have to battle every game.
“The good thing is, we’ve had to do that every game since conference play started.