Junior defensive specialist Maggie Kachmarik made an incredible dig during the second set of the Lyons Township High School girls volleyball match Oct. 11 that the Lions converted into a point.
The Lions converted some incredible rallies down the stretch of their West Suburban Conference Silver showdown with co-leader Glenbard West, but it proved to be too late.
LTHS lost the chance to defend its championship when the Hilltoppers prevailed 25-16, 25-22 on the Lions’ Senior Night.
While the Lions (25-6, 4-1) finish WSC Silver play on Oct. 18, Glenbard West (20-12, 5-0) is expected to win its first conference title since 2016 outright by beating Proviso West.
“Obviously it hurts that we lost and that’s probably the conference title not going our way, but we’re hoping to learn from that,” Kachmarik said.
Seniors Kamryn Lee-Caracci (11 kills, 11 digs) and Grace Brennan (7 kills), juniors Abby Markworth (27 assists, 7 digs) and Kiley Mahoney (14 digs) and sophomore Grace Turner (7 kills) led the Lions.
The Lions won their previous WSC Silver match at York on Oct. 5 by fighting off two match points.
Against the Hilltoppers, they struggled most of the match with as many attack errors as kills before a tremendous run after trailing 19-11 in the second set.
With Brennan serving, they tied the set 22-22 on a kill by Lee-Caracci and block from Markworth and Turner.
Glenbard West then got back-to-back kills and a solo block for match point as the Lions tried to get the ball over the net.
“I do not feel like we came out to play consistently,” LTHS coach Jill Bober said. “I know it was unfortunate to see in such a competitive conference matchup. We did not demonstrate that we are worthy of the conference title.”
Glenbard West had 27 kills with just four attack errors for the match. Halfway through the second set, the Hilltoppers had 23 kills with one error.
“I wish we would have turned it on significantly sooner. We had some energy at the end of the second set,” Bober said. “They played very consistent volleyball and we were completely error-ridden. I would take consistent volleyball any day.”
On Oct. 15, LTHS finished second at the Maine West Pumpkin Tournament, losing to Glenbrook South 14-25, 27-25, 30-28 in a marathon final after beating Sandburg and Carmel, Conant and Hersey in pool play on Oct. 14, all in two sets.
The Lions are the No. 3 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Sectional, which they will host. They begin regional round play against No. 15 Kenwood at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 and would face No. 6 Jones or No. 11 Morton in the regional final at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27.