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Maine West honors seniors against Highland Park

Maine West’s Tara Nykiel, left, and Brittany Collins set up for a block but the ball slips over the net for a Highland Park point at Maine West on Wednesday.

Maine West's Tara Nykiel, left, and Brittany Collins set up for a block but the ball slips over the net for a Highland Park point at Maine West on Wednesday.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Maine West Tara Nykiel, left, and Brittany Collins try to block this spike but the ball slips over the net for a Highland Park point at Maine West on Wednesday.

Maine West Tara Nykiel, left, and Brittany Collins try to block this spike but the ball slips over the net for a Highland Park point at Maine West on Wednesday.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Maine West’s Abbi Donovan blocks a spike by Highland Park at Maine West on Wednesday.

Maine West's Abbi Donovan blocks a spike by Highland Park at Maine West on Wednesday.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Maine West’s Ariel Valles comes up with a dig with encouragement from teammate Georgia Petersen, right, against Highland Park at Maine West on Wednesday.

Maine West's Ariel Valles comes up with a dig with encouragement from teammate Georgia Petersen, right, against Highland Park at Maine West on Wednesday.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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The Maine West girls volleyball team celebrated senior night when Highland Park visited on Wednesday for the Warriors' final regular-season match.

The Giants (10-21, 4-6) won each team's final match of the Central Suburban North season 25-15, 25-6 in Des Plaines.

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Prior to the contest, seniors Bridget Burger, Ariel Valles, Georgia Petersen, Tara Nykiel, Maddie Plantz and Ashley Collins were honored.

Valles put down 3 kills to lead Warriors (7-27, 1-9) while junior Brittany Collins had 2.

"We have to get our energy up," Brittany Collins said. "When we do that, we play better."

The Warriors were coming off a three-set loss (25-10, 19-25, 25-21) at Glenbrook North on Monday in a match Warriors coach Randy Tiller called his team's best effort in the Spartans' gym since 2008.

Junior setter Kassidy Riportella helped turn the match around 21 assists and 2 kills in the final two sets.

No. 11 seed Maine West West moves on to the Loyola Class AA regional and opens Monday in a play-in match against No. 21 Steinmetz at 7 p.m.

"If we play like we did against Glenbrook North on Monday, we can do well in the regional." Tiller said.

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