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Glenbard West storms back, beats St. Charles North

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St. Charles North's Irena Grauzinis spikes the ball during Tuesday's sectional semifinals against Glenbard West at Larkin High School in Elgin.

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Glenbard West players, from left, Amanda Perry, Caroline Jenkins, Meg Demaar and Megan Wagner celebrate their win over St. Charles North during Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Glenbard West's Meg Demaar leaps in the air after the Hilltoppers score the match-winning point against St. Charles North during Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Glenbard West's Caleigh Ryan sets the ball against St. Charles North during Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.

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Glenbard West's Meg Demaar gets a hug after their win over St. Charles North during Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Glenbard West's Caleigh Ryan, left, and Katie Ball go up for a block against St. Charles North during Tuesday's sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.

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So much for saving your two timeouts for crunchtime. Glenbard West coach Pete Mastandrea burned his early Tuesday night at the Class 4A Larkin sectional. No. 4 seed St. Charles North jumped on the top-seeded Hilltoppers early, taking advantage of hitting errors on the first two points and building their lead from there. So trailing 12-9, Mastandrea called his first time. Down 14-10, he used his second. Mastandrea knows his team well. The Hilltoppers eventually settled down, rode the hot-hitting of senior Megan Wagner, and defeated the North Stars 25-23, 25-19 to avenge a loss in last year's regional final.
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    • St. Charles North’s Irena Grauzinis spikes the ball during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals against Glenbard West at Larkin High School in Elgin.
    •  Glenbard West players, from left, Amanda Perry, Caroline Jenkins, Meg Demaar and Megan Wagner celebrate their win over St. Charles North during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.
    •  Glenbard West’s Meg Demaar leaps in the air after the Hilltoppers score the match-winning point against St. Charles North during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.
    •  Glenbard West’s Caleigh Ryan sets the ball against St. Charles North during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.
    •  Glenbard West’s Meg Demaar gets a hug after their win over St. Charles North during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.
    •  Glenbard West’s Caleigh Ryan, left, and Katie Ball go up for a block against St. Charles North during Tuesday’s sectional semifinals at Larkin High School in Elgin.
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