Fenwick volleyball players Annie Trucco (#13), Margaret Planek (#12) and Annie Ryan, in background, all played key roles for the Friars, who won 24 matches, a conference title and advanced to the Class 3A supersectionals this season. (Photo by Jim Krecek)

The Fenwick High School girls volleyball team’s dream run through the Class 3A playoffs came to a close on Saturday afternoon in Elmhurst at the Immaculate Conception Supersectional. Marian Central Catholic defeated the Friars 25-16, 25-12 to punch its ticket to the state semifinals.

Marian Central Catholic went on a 9-1 run to close out the opening game. The Friars never fully recovered from that scoring spurt.

Seniors Annie Ryan and Kathleen Carpenter had four kills apiece for Fenwick and freshman McKenzie Moorman finished with three kills.

“I think the best thing about our team is how united we are,” Ryan said. “We’re so close as a team and that’s what really helped us this season. Marian is a good team but we really put up a fight.”

The Friars (24-12) advanced to the supersectional via a 25-15, 25-13 win over Rosary in the Glenbard South Sectional final on Thursday, Nov. 5.  Fenwick controlled the action in both games as four Friars had six kills or more, complemented by stellar team defense and blocking.

Carpenter notched seven kills and 10 blocks, while senior middle Annie Trucco finished with seven kills and seven blocks. Senior middle/right side Kerry Best contributed six kills to go with five blocks, and senior defensive specialist Colleen Lawlor had a team-high 18 digs.

Prior to supersectional appearance, the Friars defeated highly regarded teams in Glenbard South, Rosary and Trinity.

“We were all so close this season,” Carpenter said. “We were all really psyched for each other. If we were having a bad game, we would cheer for someone else on our team who was having an awesome game.”

Ryan, one of nine seniors on Fenwick, believes next year’s returning players can maintain the team’s winning ways if team chemistry remains intact.

“I just want them to have fun and be a team,” she said. “That’s the most important thing, to be a team win or lose. As long as you’re a team and you play together, that’s what will make you go far.”