Sealed with a Kiss

Good Coun­sel de­feats SMR vol­ley­ball

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

It was un­re­turn­able kill from hit­ter Lau­ren Kiss that al­lowed vis­it­ing Good Coun­sel to cap­ture a four-set vic­tory over St. Mary’s Ryken in a Washington Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence vol­ley­ball match on Tues­day night.

Good Coun­sel took the open­ing two sets, 27-25 and 25-17 be­fore SMR came back to take third 25-19 de­spite los­ing Brenna Goebel, one of their play­ers, get­ting in­jured. Be­hind Kiss’ kill, the vis­i­tors from Mont­gomery County won the fourth 25-23 to take the match.

The loss snapped a five­match win­ning streak for the Knights (12-6, 10-5 WCAC).

SMR head coach Tracey Jubeck said her team may have just been hav­ing an off night against a Fal­cons team it de­feated in five sets on Sept. 20.

“I think the girls gave all they had be­ing down three starters with in­juries,” she said. “We had to try line­ups that we had never prac­ticed given the un­ex­pected in­juries and our girls fought hard in very close matches. They showed tremen­dous char­ac­ter when faced with that ad­ver­sity. Un­for­tu­nately, we let Good Coun­sel get out ahead of us from the start and they played a very strong match be­hind a tremen­dous set­ter [Mar­garet Ros­burg] who our de­fense had a hard time de­fend­ing.”

Jubeck said her team is pre­par­ing for the last week and a half of the sea­son.

“We’ll face tough com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in our con­fer­ence and then on to play­offs,” she said. “We still aspire to fin­ish in the top four in our con­fer­ence and then have a suc­cess­ful play­off run. This team has the abil­ity to go all the way.”

The Knights will travel to Prince Ge­orge’s County to face McNa­mara at 5:30 p.m. to­day, then will be back on the road Tues­day for a 5:30 p.m. match ver­sus Holy Cross of Mont­gomery County.

Mindy McNa­mara led the Knights in Tues­day’s loss with 17 passes out of serve-re­ceive and had 14 digs.

Macken­zie Loewe led with 14 serves and a 100 per­cent serve-ef­fi­ciency rate. She also had 31 passes out of serve-re­ceive and fin­ished with 30 digs and four kills. Kenna Collins fin­ished with 11 kills, while Goebel had eight kills. Alex Buscher added six kills and Kate Agate led with 38 as­sists.

Loewe said the team was happy about com­ing back and win­ning the third set.

“I think we found it within our­selves to win that one and I’m re­ally proud of my team­mates for do­ing that,” Loewe said. “I think to­wards the end of the game, we need to let go of the dis­trac­tions; whether it’s in­juries or some calls. We just need to find a way to play our game and play through.”

Loewe and Ros­burg have re­mained friends through the years, be­gin­ning when the two par­tic­i­pated on the same travel team.

Ros­burg said she knew com­ing in that she was go­ing to give re­spect to St. Mary’s Ryken.

“We knew it would be tough com­ing in be­cause Ryken is a solid team,” Ros­burg said. “It’s a crazy gym [ceil­ing], which is a lot of ad­ver­sity to play against, but it forces you to play up. The passes need to be bet­ter and the sets need to be faster. I know that they’re go­ing to chal­lenge us. I know when Brenna went down, there’s al­ways that, ‘Yeah, she’s their best player, but they’re go­ing to now be play­ing for her.’ I think that team did a nice job of switch­ing things up and play­ing for that team­mate.”

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