Pacelli’s defense the main factor in 3-0 sweep of Rosholt
By Jacob Heid
ROSHOLT — Not much went wrong on the road for the Pacelli girls’ volleyball team. The Cardinals went into Rosholt on Sept 13 and controlled most of the match versus the Hornets. Pacelli won in straight sets, 25-19, 25-20, 25-13.
Pacelli’s defense was one of many storylines of the night. Whatever the Hornets gave, the Cardinals were able to retaliate most of the night. The first set became a high-energy battle between the two schools. Long rallies and big plays knotted the game up at 7-7 early on. Rosholt tried using its two weapons on the outside to gain some momentum, but the back row of Pacelli made plays defensively all night. That defense turned into Laine Ilkka burying two kills to give the Cardinals a 19-15 lead. Pacelli carried that momentum to a six-point set win.
“Last Saturday, we struggled (passing). Today we came back and worked on that last night again, and we just played fundamental in the back row and led to our offense getting on track,” head coach Roy Danforth stated.
The Cardinals opened the second set on a 4-0 run, but the fight of Rosholt made it an 8-8 game early. Junior Sarah Trzinski and freshman Addi Gagas led the Hornets’ attack above the net. They combined for 17 kills in the loss. Pacelli gained the serve back and turned a tie game into a 14-8 lead when a few of the 19 attacking errors from Rosholt occurred. The Hornets never lost the fight, clawing back to make it a 15-15 game after going on a 7-1 run that forced a Pacelli timeout. The offensive attack of the Cardinals, led by junior Casey Vaughan, edged Rosholt again in the second set, 25-20.
Danforth talked after the game about his team’s effort offensively
“It’s Pacelli volleyball. We attacked, and we passed well. It takes all of it. It’s a team effort, a lot of energy, and that’s when we play better,” he said. “I’m really proud of everybody.”
Vaughan then took over in the third set. The junior made plays all over the floor, and Pacelli took an 11-5 lead into a timeout. The Cardinals let Rosholt creep back in after three straight attacking errors by Pacelli. That made it a 14-11 Cardinal lead. Pacelli would take over and go on an 11-2 run to end the set, led by Vaughan. She made momentum-shifting plays above the net all night.
“She’s a fabulous athlete. She’s just fun to watch,” Danforth explained. “She passes. She plays defense as well as she plays offense.”
Pacelli moves to 2-0 in the CWC conference as Rosholt falls to 1-1. The Cardinals will take the court again on Sept 20, when they host Tri-County. Rosholt will try to bounce back on Sept 20, traveling to 2-0 Almond-Bancroft. If you have other local sports news, contact me at [email protected]. You can also follow me on Twitter at JacobHeid_15 for updates on local sporting events.