Maine West honors seniors against Highland Park
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.
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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