Girls volleyball: Stevenson rallies for Senior Night victory

  • Stevenson's Emma Potocki (13) and Amanda Holsen (8) defend the net during Wednesday's girls volleyball match against Warren in Lincolnshire.

      Stevenson's Emma Potocki (13) and Amanda Holsen (8) defend the net during Wednesday's girls volleyball match against Warren in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Warren's Jenelle Reams (13) celebrates a point with teammates before defeating Stevenson in the first game of Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Warren's Jenelle Reams (13) celebrates a point with teammates before defeating Stevenson in the first game of Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Warren's Kendal Crawford (15) goes up against Stevenson's Grace Tully (2) during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Warren's Kendal Crawford (15) goes up against Stevenson's Grace Tully (2) during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson's Emma Potocki (13) hits into a wall of Warren defenders during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Stevenson's Emma Potocki (13) hits into a wall of Warren defenders during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson's Amanda Holsen (8) and Aimee Staemmer (12) celebrate a point against Warren with teammates during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Stevenson's Amanda Holsen (8) and Aimee Staemmer (12) celebrate a point against Warren with teammates during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Warren's Faith Pollard (16) hits into Stevenson defenders during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Warren's Faith Pollard (16) hits into Stevenson defenders during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson's Amanda Holsen (8) and Emerson Kouri respond to a Warren serve during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Stevenson's Amanda Holsen (8) and Emerson Kouri respond to a Warren serve during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Warren's Elizabeth Weinberg (7) defends the net against Stevenson during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire.

      Warren's Elizabeth Weinberg (7) defends the net against Stevenson during Wednesday's girls volleyball match in Lincolnshire. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
By Bill Pemstein
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/16/2019 10:09 PM

Stevenson's Senior Night was almost ruined by the likes of Janelle Reams, Faith Pollard and Alayna Malec.

Those sluggers belong to the Warren volleyball team.

 

"Warren was playing great defense and blocking well early," Stevenson coach Tim Crow said.

Stevenson honored its seniors on Wednesday night. It's a group that includes Lily Cozzi, Grace Tully and Abby Keevins. And then Warren came out and pinned a first-set win on the Patriots.

"That wasn't unexpected," Cozzi said. "It was Senior Night."

Stevenson stormed back to take the match 21-25, 25-20, 25-13 to improve to 18-9 and 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference.

"I like everyone on this team." Cozzi said. "Amanda (Holsen) is so good for a sophomore. And Emerson (Kouri) really stepped up at libero."

Warren's last lead of the second set was 16-14. And another one of those seniors, Connie Song, went into serve for the Pats. She had the help of 2 block kills from Cozzi. Two kills from Makayla Uremovich and another kill from Emma Potocki, and the Stevenson lead was 22-17.

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"We had some blocking changes," Crow said. "And Connie Song got us going on the line."

Holsen led the Patriots with 14 kills. She's the team leader in the category as a first-year varsity starter.

"I was playing several sports growing up, but I fell in love with volleyball," Holsen said. "I didn't play a lot last year. We have really good chemistry this year."

Warren led 3-2 in the third set, but the third-set serving star was Keevins. She landed an ace, Potocki had a kill and a block, and Cozzi put down 2 kills in a row. Only a Malec kill stopped Stevenson' run after the Patriots' extended their advantage to 20-8.

Cozzi had 9 kills, while Potocki tallied 4 kills and 5 blocks. Tully delivered 29 assists and 2 kills, while Kouri had 19 digs.

Warren was led by Malec (9 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs), Ellie Columbus (1 ace, 12 digs), Sarah Barbosa (12 digs), Elizabeth Weinberg (4 kills), Gabrielle Brewer (6 assists, 5 digs), Kayleigh Glickley (18 assists, 8 digs), Kendal Crawford (5 kills) and Pollard (4 kills).

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