The Maine West Warriors boys volleyball workforce had nothing to lose Thursday evening of their regional title match in opposition to Glenbrook South. Particularly being a No. 14 seed within the Glenbrook North sectional, West had every part to achieve.
In entrance of a vociferous scholar part of followers who traveled to Glenview, West put forth their finest effort and gave followers loads to cheer about early on.
They only couldn’t end what they’d hoped to start out as they fell to Glenbrook South, 25-23, 25-14, ending their season.
The Titans face Loyola Academy Saturday at 3 p.m. within the sectional semifinals at Glenbrook North. The winner of this match will get the winner of Glenbrook North-Deerfield Tuesday (June 15) at 6 p.m. at North.
“I believed we began out fairly sluggish really,” Titans coach Annie Kotsadam mentioned. “We had a few unforced errors early on and Maine West got here out actually sturdy at first. However I feel as soon as we received rolling we have been in fine condition.”
Maine West had, one might argue, a really tight window of alternative to take management of the match and presumably even come away victorious. The open set discovered each groups in scoring ties on 14 totally different events and even held leads on 12 totally different events with their strongest lead at 20-17 earlier than the Titans would name timeout to quiet down.
The technique would finally work as Glenbrook North would go on to attain 8 of the following 11 factors and take the opening set.
“We weren’t having good connections between our setters and our hitters at that time and I simply felt we would have liked a day out to quiet down and get the gamers to belief in one another,” Kotsadam mentioned.
The second set would discover the Warriors getting no nearer than one level behind the Titans at 9-8. However Glenbrook South would widen their result in 12-9 which compelled Warriors coach Mike OBrill to name a timeout when the Titans lead would get to 13-9.
Titan Cooper Evans took over serving for the house aspect. The following factor followers in attendance knew, Glenbrook South would go on a 9-1 run to take a commanding 21-10 lead and by no means look again en path to their second-set win 25-14.
“When (our coach) known as that timeout after we have been down 20-17, we needed to get again to taking part in easy volleyball,” Evans mentioned. “Once we get down we are likely to mess up and make errors. So we simply wanted to recollect the issues we did in apply which might assist us achieve success. We additionally tried to benefit from how sluggish (Maine West) center (hitters) have been and we needed to get them shifting round as a lot as we might and it labored.”
The Warriors lose solely three seniors from this yr’s workforce and are anticipated to return a core group of 9 gamers subsequent yr who’re at the least 6-0 or taller.
“There isn’t a doubt the expertise our youthful guys received on this match will solely assist us subsequent season,” OBrill mentioned. “I’m excited concerning the future. Immediately we simply didn’t assist ourselves at occasions when our units didn’t go above the highest of the web. But it surely was simply a lot enjoyable to be at a highschool sporting occasion with followers once more.”