GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: CLASS 3A LAKES REGIONAL FINAL Eagles rally twice to oust Grayslake Central
By Bryan Bonato For Sun-Times Media October 31, 2013 8:36PM
Lexi Beckman of Grayslake Central spikes the ball during Thursday's loss to host Lakes in the regional finals. | MARK UKENA~FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
CLASS 4A (big schools)
BELVIDERE N. SECTIONAL Regional-Final Results
Warren def. McHenry 31-29, 25-19
Rockford Boylan def. Hononegah 29-27, 25-22
Crystal Lake South def. Crystal Lake Central 25-14, 25-23
CONANT SECTIONAL Regional-Final Results
Glenbrook North def. Libertyville 25-20, 25-21
Carmel def. Glenbrook South 25-13, 25-12
Stevenson def. Buffalo Grove 25-23, 25-18
CLASS 3A (smaller schools)
Marian Central def. Johnsburg 25-23, 28-26
Regina Dominican def. Vernon Hills 25-15, 25-23
Lakes def. Grayslake Central 26-24, 25-22
Burlington Central def. Genoa-Kingston 25-15, 25-14
Tues. Sectional Semifinals
Marian Central vs. Regina Dominican, 6 p.m.
Lakes vs. Burlington Central, 7 p.m.
Thursday Sectional Final
Semfinal-round winners meet, 7 p.m. (winner to Antioch Round of 8 supersectional)
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:30PM
Don’t know what’s going to happen next week when Lakes plays in the Class 3A (smaller schools) sectional girls volleyball tournament at Burlington Central.
But it’s hard to imagine the Eagles doing anything next week that will make first-year coach Katie Cheek more proud than she was on Thursday night.
Lakes (28-8) rallied from a seven-point deficit late in Game 1 and a four-point deficit in Game 2 to beat Grayslake Central 26-24, 25-22 and win a regional title for the second time in three years.
Grayslake finished 24-13.
“They never give up. They’re always giving 100 percent. They look at each other and say ‘One at a time. Keep your head. Stay calm. Let’s get it!’ And they did tonight. They come together, they battle to the end, and it works. It’s awesome. I’m so proud of them,” the coach said.
“I kept telling them, ‘If you give 100 percent, good things will happen.’
“Megan and McKenna (Behrendt) kept swinging. Haley (Halberg) was pulling the blocks. She played so hard. Maddie (Demo) was mixing it up like crazy. Of course, we would never have been in position to win without our defense. Aly Bathery, our libero, was back there digging (Alex) Dahlstrom from Grayslake like there’s no tomorrow. They all played such a good game. It really was a great team effort.”
With the Eagles trailing 22-19 late in Game 1, sophomore Behrendt recorded three kills over the next seven points to help even the match at 24-24. The Rams hit long on the game’s final two points to give the Eagles the win.
Grayslake Central jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second game and led 11-9 when freshman Lahr went off for the Eagles. She recorded four kills over the next nine points, then had a five-point service run as Lakes grabbed a 21-14 lead (she had a long service run in the first game during the Eagles’ comeback as well).
“It’s crazy, especially for me because it’s my first year,” said Lahr. “Coming back from seven down, that’s just an unbelievable experience. We came together as a team, and we pushed through.
Behrendt summed up the win best: “It has to be one of my top volleyball moments because we did this as a team.. We worked together, and we won.”