WHERE ARE THEY NOW
Central Catholic survives five-set thriller - Knights outlast Mavs in volleyball rivalry
September 5, 2012Lafayette Central Catholic High School
Emily Denhart admitted she was hitting the ball a little bit harder Tuesday night, each one that hit the floor seemingly giving her more confidence.
By the time she was finished, Denhart had collected 14 kills, four aces and two blocks in leading Central Catholic to a 25-16, 24-26, 25-13, 20-25, 15-11 victory over McCutcheon at McHale Gymnasium.
“We’ve been looking forward to this match since we lost to Frontier (on Aug. 23). This was our next big one and we wanted to win so bad,” Denhart said. “When it got close, I think emotions helped us push through points.”
The CC win ruined the return to McHale Gymnasium for first-year Mavericks coach Travis Fuller. Fuller was a CC assistant on the Knights’ 2010 Class A state championship team.
It was a confidence-boosting win for the Knights and a deflating loss for the Mavericks, who were coming off an emotional victory over Lafayette Jeff last week.
“Winning against them, it’s a big deal,” Denhart said. “They beat Jeff last week and with us beating them, I think we go into Jeff (Sept. 11) with an extra boost of confidence.”
After easing to a win in Game 1, CC let a 24-22 lead slip in the second after kills from Dailey Vanderkolk and Taylor Baird tied the match. Baird teamed with Mikayla Berning on a block to push McCutcheon ahead.
But ultimately the Mavericks struggled too much with service reception, allowing 17 Central Catholic aces, including Sarah Roswarski’s to end the third set.
Sophomore Emily Burks matched teammate Denhart with a match-high four aces. Maddie Matson added three.
“Serve receive just wasn’t doing well,” McCutcheon’s Katee Kurtz said. “We really need to work on serve receive and digging.”
The fifth set was even 4-4 before kills by Burks and Lucy Kendrick and an ace from Denhart provided the separation CC needed.
“We really needed that to make ourselves feel a little bit more comfortable,” Matson said. “When (Denhart) pulled out those aces at the end, it helped us and pumped us up and made us play well.”
The Knights (7-3) got 14 kills and three blocks from senior Alanna Roswarski and 24 digs from senior Belle Dieterle. Sarah Roswarski contributed 35 assists and 16 digs, and Bre Fickle had 14 digs.
Kurtz and Sydney Tracer sat out the first set as punishment for showing up late to a match last week. The sophomore tandem each provided eight kills. Tracer had 19 digs and senior Aleea Barnett led the Mavericks (5-6) with 21 digs.