Girls volleyball: No day off for Ferriss, Buffalo Grove in sweep of Glenbrook North
Abby Ferriss made sure that Buffalo Grove didn't take the day off.
Playing against Glenbrook North, Ferriss did a twist and shout with 8 kills and an ace to lead the Bison to a 25-16, 25-21 nonconference girls volleyball win Saturday.
"We played at a faster pace and played clean volleyball," said Ferriss, who is a junior and an outside hitter. "We didn't let them get any service runs, which really helped our energy."
Ferriss saved some of her top kills in the first set.
Buffalo Grove (5-2), trailed 5-2, when Ferriss and fellow outside hitter Shannon Coglianese went to work. The Bison scored 4 unanswered points to spark a 16-5 run to pull away. Ferriss had 4 kills and ace during that span while Coglianese also had 4 kills.
In the second set, Glenbrook North (4-4) battled back to take the lead on three different occasions behind the play of Gabi Zernick, Renee St. John, Aubrie Krzus and Taylor Brocato.
The Spartans led 18-16 when Paige Lira served up 7 consecutive points for the Bison. Jennelle Vossel and Ferriss each had kills, Celine Li a block for a point and Lira an ace as Buffalo Grove forged ahead 23-18.
Glenbrook North closed to 24-21 when Coglianese wrapped up the match with a thundering kill.
"It wasn't just me," said Coglianese, who will play at Gannon College next year. "Our sets were on, our passing was on. I heard the girls on the bench calling where I needed to hit. So, that really helped."
Coglianese would finish with 8 kills. Claire Schneider had 20 assists while Libero Ella McBride had 8 digs for BG.
"This is probably one of the better matches we played all year," Buffalo Grove coach Matt Priban said. "It took us a little bit of time to get going this season. We are cleaning things up and the girls are doing a real nice job of staying motivated and staying focused."
Priban was especially impressed with the hitting on the outside, especially on the left side where the Bison did most of their damage.
"Our outsides did a nice job," Priban said. "Shannon and Abby did a nice job swinging. And our defense has been picking things up."
Glenbrook North (4-4), which was without outside hitter Ava Spaniard (ankle), was led by Zernik with 5 kills and an ace and St. John, who had 4 kills.
"We had a busy week," Glenbrook North coach Tiffany Kim said. "We had a game Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and today (Saturday). I think they are just kind of burned out by now."