Volleyball: South Claims Victory on Senior Night

Tomas Moran, Copy Editor

The Wheaton Warrenville South Varsity Girls’ volleyball team beat Neuqua Valley 2-1 on Monday, Oct. 17 at the Orange and Black Gym.

This match was the Tigers’ senior night, each senior was honored in their final time playing at South. “It’s always nice when it’s your last opportunity to go ahead and play in the gym that you’ve grown up in and to come out with the victory,” said WWS head coach Bill Schreir. “I thought that they did a nice enough job in order to go ahead and make that happen.”

Neuqua Valley held a slight advantage for about the first half of the set, however the Tigers always remained within striking distance. Then, the two teams were neck in neck for the rest of the set. The Tigers and the Wildcats went back and forth until the home team took the lead and closed out the set, winning 25-22. The Wildcats responded strongly in the second set, gaining the advantage at the start and never looking back. WWS wasn’t able to recover from the considerable lead Neuqua Valley had, and the Wildcats won the second set 25-18. This meant that there would be a third and decisive set.

South dominated the beginning of the final set, pulling ahead quickly and establishing a commanding lead entering the end of the contest. However, Neuqua Valley did not give up easily. The Wildcats went on a scoring run to keep the match alive. South’s lead dwindled and it looked like the crucial set might go down to the wire. Nevertheless, the Tigers responded and secured victory with a spike from senior and team captain Lilly King, winning the third set 25-21. “I thought Lauren (Coyne) did a great job from the service line, got us back to a big lead,” indicated coach Schreir. “Then it was just a matter of finishing out.”