Seniors Kira Conroy and Reagan Mulcrone have been just part of the strong regular-season finish by the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls volleyball team.
The Bulldogs (8-15) earned their fourth victory in the last six matches on Oct. 4 – and probably the biggest so far — by sweeping Aurora Christian 25-20, 25-20 to keep their Metro Suburban Conference Red Division title hopes alive at 3-1.
RBHS could have clinched at least a share of the title Oct. 11 by beating Ridgewood on Senior Night after the Landmark’s deadline.
This was Aurora Christian’s first league loss. After the victory, RBHS coach Caitlin Staib-Lipinski noted that Conroy ranks No. 8 state-wide in digs (238 total, 10.3 per match) and Mulcrone (50 kills) leads the MSC Red with a .455 attack percentage.
Conroy (8 digs) and Mulcrone (5 kills, block) were match standouts along with junior Annabel Krueger (6 kills, 10 digs, 11 assists) and freshman varsity newcomer Claire Cameron (14 assists).
There was little reflection by the Bulldogs after a 48-14 loss to IC Catholic Prep on Oct. 7 that snapped a four-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 4-0 in Metro Suburban Conference Red) quickly shifted their attention to their home meeting with St. Francis (7-0, 3-0) with the conference championship on the line on Oct. 14.
“Hopefully, again, it’s just learning how to fight,” RBHS coach Sam Styler said. “We still have an opportunity to go out and win conference. We’ll put this game in the back burner and just start focusing on [St. Francis].”
IC Catholic (6-1) has scored at least 35 points in all of its victories. The Bulldogs had allowed just 21 points during its winning streak.
“We had a couple of opportunities and defensively we couldn’t find an answer to stop them,” Styler said. “They’re just very efficient at what they do. They had a very good passing game, a great running back. Some big plays, great athletes and we didn’t have good enough schemes to stop them.”
Since winning its opener 17-6, St. Francis has scored at least 35 points the past six games while allowing just 58 total points with three shutouts.
RBHS girls tennis
The Bulldogs compete at the IHSA Class 2A Lyons Township Sectional on Oct. 14-15. Top four singles and doubles finishers advance to the state meet.
RBHS finished fourth at the MSC Blue Meet on Oct. 7. Senior Lara Huns was second at No. 1 singles and senior Olivia Dvorak was third at No. 2 singles.
RBHS cross country
The RBHS boys will try to defend its MSC Blue title at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15 at Elmwood Park. The girls’ race is at 10:45 a.m.
The boys are ranked No. 9 in IHSA Class 2A by ILXCTF.com.