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updated: 9/5/2012 10:35 PM

Young St. Viator squad making progress

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  • St. Viator's Caroline Young tries to keep the ball in play during Wednesday's volleyball match against Resurrection.

       St. Viator's Caroline Young tries to keep the ball in play during Wednesday's volleyball match against Resurrection.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • St. Viator's Lauren Mroz attempts a kill as Resurrection's Rachel Gotch leaps for a block Wednesday.

       St. Viator's Lauren Mroz attempts a kill as Resurrection's Rachel Gotch leaps for a block Wednesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • St. Viator's Mary Cleary tries to block a ball at the net during Wednesday's volleyball match against Resurrection.

       St. Viator's Mary Cleary tries to block a ball at the net during Wednesday's volleyball match against Resurrection.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • St. Viator's Lauren Mroz, left, and Megan Mueller, right, try to block a ball hit by Resurrection's Claire Moriarty during Wednesday's volleyball match.

       St. Viator's Lauren Mroz, left, and Megan Mueller, right, try to block a ball hit by Resurrection's Claire Moriarty during Wednesday's volleyball match.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • St. Viator girls volleyball coach Charlie Curtin talks to his team between games during Wednesday's match against Resurrection.

       St. Viator girls volleyball coach Charlie Curtin talks to his team between games during Wednesday's match against Resurrection.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
 

With only two seniors on the roster, St. Viator has one of its youngest girls volleyball teams in coach Charlie Curtin's six seasons.

So the Lions are willing to be patient and learn as the season progresses.

Resurrection visited the Cahill Gymnasium on Wednesday night and the Chicago-based private school posted a 25-18, 25-22 victory over the host Lions.

St. Viator (2-7) will begin its East Suburban Catholic Conference schedule on Tuesday against visiting Marist.

"We're young and it's going to take a while," said Lions 5-foot-8 junior outside hitter Megan Mueller. "We are going to get better."

Mueller is going to be a leader on attack as she showed Wednesday by putting down a team-high 8 kills.

"I thought Megan did a wonderful job," Curtin said. "She was one of our only girls to be able to put the ball in bounds. She was very consistent (12-of-14) and she played a nice all-around game (4 digs, 1 ace)."

Other top attackers for the Lions were Mary Cleary (4 kills), Jenny Brandt (3 kills), Kaitlin O'Brien (2 kills) and Kristen Abrahamson (2 kills).

Junior Molly Ziegler was 30-of-30 setting with 10 assists and she collected a team-high 7 digs.

"We need to start helping and motivating each other on the floor," Mueller added. "We're trying to push each together to do our best."

Mueller said the Lions' loss was more their own fault.

"We were just letting things get in our head," she said. "We were making our own mistakes."

Curtin watched Brandt collect the Lions' only block while Abrahamson, Cleary, Ziegler and Mueller each served an ace.

"We're young," Curtin said. "We'll get it in time."

Conant d. Lake Park: Hall of Fame coach Peggy Scholten's Cougars (4-6) won the nonconference match 25-16, 25-19 in Hoffman Estates as senior setter Suzi Loznjakovic handed out 15 assists and served 11-of-2 with 2 aces.

Top targets for Loznjakovic were Jenn Donnell (8 kills), Katie Lomas (5) and Alissa Wachal (3).

Teammates Daniele Sortino added 2 blocks and 2 kills while Sarah Manczko also had a pair of blocks.

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