Girls volleyball: St. Viator starts fast, sweeps Carmel

  • St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur gets above the net to spike the ball against Carmel's Chloe Belanski and Katie Wesolowicz, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur gets above the net to spike the ball against Carmel's Chloe Belanski and Katie Wesolowicz, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Chloe Belanski hits into the defense of St. Viator's Cailyn Harrington and Marcelina Gorny, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Carmel's Chloe Belanski hits into the defense of St. Viator's Cailyn Harrington and Marcelina Gorny, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur hits past Chloe Belanski and Milan Moore, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Carmel's St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur hits past Chloe Belanski and Milan Moore, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur and Lauren Allaire, right, try to block a shot by Carmel's Abby Blanchette in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur and Lauren Allaire, right, try to block a shot by Carmel's Abby Blanchette in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Jess Greeby hits against St. Viator's Marie Torosian and Lilly LaFleur, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Carmel's Jess Greeby hits against St. Viator's Marie Torosian and Lilly LaFleur, right, in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Milan Moore and Jess Greeby, right, try to block a shot by St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Carmel's Milan Moore and Jess Greeby, right, try to block a shot by St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Katie Wesolowicz blocks a shot by St. Viator's Marcelina Gorny in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Carmel's Katie Wesolowicz blocks a shot by St. Viator's Marcelina Gorny in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Milan Moore watches St. Viator's Louisa Battin hit in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Carmel's Milan Moore watches St. Viator's Louisa Battin hit in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur, Louisa Battin, right, and Cailyn Harrington, left, celebrate a point against Carmel in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    St. Viator's Lilly LaFleur, Louisa Battin, right, and Cailyn Harrington, left, celebrate a point against Carmel in a girls volleyball match in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/7/2021 9:53 PM

St. Viator's girls volleyball team got off to strong starts in each set on Tuesday night and that pattern led to a strong start for the Lions in the East Suburban Catholic Conference matchup with Carmel.

With 6-foot-1 senior middle hitter Lilly LaFleur putting down a match-high 10 kills along with 2 blocks and 2 aces, the Lions posted a 25-19, 25-14 triumph in the conference opener at the Cahill Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.

 

"We're 5-0 now so obviously that is a good start," LaFleur said. "This gives us a lot of momentum for the rest of the conference season. I think we are really confident. Our team bonding and the way we mesh, along with the cheerleading section on the bench really helps us."

Also helping the Lions' attacks were senior outside hitters Marie Torosian (8 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces) and Lauren Allaifre (6 kills,

Viator raced ahead 6-1 in Set 1, getting 2 blocks and a kill from LaFleur, an ace from junior libero Reanne Valera (12 digs) and a kill by Torosian.

"We talked about getting to a great start in the conference and taking care of business and I thought they did a great job of just that," said Lions coach Charlie Curtin, who will be awarded the Patrick Mahoney Dedication to Coaching Award at the 2022 St. Viator Hall of Fame Ceremony. "Lilly came out and was able to dominate from all different attacking points. We've been working on the connection between her and Cailyn (Harrington, Lions setter who had 21 assists) and they did just what they needed to do tonight. I'm proud of the way Lilly played."

The Lions gained a 10-4 lead on a tip by LaFleur before Carmel roared back and took a 16-14 lead on an ace by senior Julia Shrofe (10 assists, 3 aces) and a kill by classmate Milan Moore (4 kills).

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The set was tied at every point from 16 to 19 before Viator scored 6 unanswered to put it away.

LaFleur served all 6 points, including another kill for herself and an ace. Allaire put down kills for the final 2 points.

The hosts got off to another quick start in Set 2.

Allaire's kill made it 5-1 before Carmel came back to tie it at 5, getting 3 service points from senior Milana Moisio, including an ace.

The Lions then proceeded on a 11-3 run to lead 16-8 following 5 straight service points from Harrington. Two service points by Mary Grace Lynch on back-to-back kills by Torisian gave Viator a 20-12 lead. The Lions closed it out with LaFleur's 3 service points, including a kill by Allaire and a kill and a block by junior Marcelina Gorny.

"Our kids never stopped competing," said Carmel coach Dave Pazely, whose team is 6-4. "That is one thing these kids have in them. We just didn't have it offensively tonight. And Viator kept firing at us. They did well. Their middle (LaFleur) was able to turn on the ball and send it to the left side of the court. Their outsides were able to work both corners. They are a complete team and we made too many mistakes, Granted, they earned a lot of their points but we didn't do ourselves any favors."

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