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Comeback win over West Lafayette cures Lafayette Jeff volleyball
August 28, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
Jessica Griggs was sick Tuesday morning and missed the first couple of hours of school.
The Lafayette Jeff senior contemplated not going at all, but she was determined to fight through her illness and play in the Bronchos’ match at West Lafayette.
Griggs looked anything but sick at Berberian Gymnasium, totaling 12 kills, 11 digs and three aces to lead Jeff to a 23-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-13 comeback victory over its county rival.
“I decided I would push through it, and I am glad I did,” Griggs said. “I didn’t even feel it when we are playing. I am feeling it a little now, but I am OK with that.”
Griggs wasn’t the only player affected, as the bug had worked its way across the Jeff roster. The Bronchos, though, managed to find the cure with their play on the court.
The Bronchos (4-3) dropped a tough opening set without senior Carlie Hinkel, who was penalized after sickness kept her out of school for a day and a half and also held her out of a practice.
After watching her team struggle, she helped rally her squad, finishing with nine kills, 19 digs and two solo blocks.
“There are some times where you do get tired and a little bit lightheaded, but I think we all really wanted it,” Hinkel said of playing through the a case of the flu. “That was a big plus for us tonight. We never gave up.”
The Red Devils (3-3) struggled with inconsistency Tuesday and were bitten by it at the most crucial moments, including a service error on match point to give Jeff the fifth set after West Lafayette had seized all momentum with three straight points.
Sophie Shinn led WL with 18 kills and 25 digs. Jessica Martin posted seven kills and 19 assists and Grace Malone pulled up 25 digs. Devin Hainje’s 25 assists, two blocks and three aces were team highs.
“We’re a young team that’s got to find some offense,” WL coach Chad Marshall said. “Most of our players who are juniors and seniors have never been front-row players. They’re learning new roles and finding out how tough it is to generate offense.”
The Bronchos took advantage of those WL miscues and got a total team effort. Madison Flanagan led the defense with 37 digs, Kinnsey Pass added 15 with 27 assists and Karina Hernandez managed 13 digs. Tess Farmer and Alexa Lindquist came up with clutch kills down the stretch to seal Game 4.
That depth helped Jeff defeat West Lafayette for the first time under third-year head coach Scott Graves. Jeff’s last win came in 2010, also after losing the first two sets.
“I remember sitting the bench, dressing varsity my freshman year, coming back from a 2-0 deficit and won in 5,” Griggs recalled. “To be able to replicate that my senior year is just amazing.”
LAFAYETTE JEFF def. WEST LAFAYETTE