Girls volleyball: Paris, Barrington knock off Fremd
The noise in the stands was there again and Barrington's volleyball team continued to play with the volume on high during this 2021 calendar year.
Coming off an undefeated spring season in the Mid-Suburban West, the Fillies made it three straight in league play this fall after a 25-22, 25-20 triumph at Fremd on Tuesday night.
"Welcome back to high school volleyball," said Barrington coach Michelle Jakubowski. "How awesome is this? I love it. I love that we can have fans in the stands again. And even though they weren't all cheering for us, I told our girls to just make it feel like they're cheering for you."
Fillies fans did plenty of cheering for 6-foot-4 junior outside hitter Campbell Paris.
The South Carolina recruit put down a match and season-high 14 kills, taking her cues from sophomore setters Megan Bergquist (3 kills) and Gwen Adler.
"We faced really good competition over the weekend (Fillies were 2-3 at the McAuley tournament) so at practice on Monday we worked really hard for this," Paris said. " We got used to this competition so that helped us get this big win. I was just trying to hit different shots and mix everything up."
"Campbell did a great job," Jakubowski said. "My setters are young and we're learning. It helps when you have a 6-4 pin who you can set a really tight ball for. She and Jess (Horwath, a junior who had 9 kills and 5 digs) did a super amazing job. I thought we played some great defense. and we served aggressively.
Barrington (11-4, 3-0) rallied from a 10-4 deficit in the first set.
"I told our girls Fremd (14-2, 2-1) was going to come out like fire," Jakubowski said. " We had to just weather the storm, stay relaxed and that's what we did. No one ever played too high or too low. No one got upset. It was a great conference match and we are just happy to be playing."
The set was tied from 10 to 15 before Barrington edged ahead for good. A tip by Horwath started a 3-0 run capped by Colette Garrels' ace and a block by Horwath (18-15 lead).
Rylen Reid, who put down a team-high 9 kills for Fremd, made a side out block to make it 18-16 but Fremd would get no closer.
The lead grew to 20-16 and 23-18 before Claudia Wala's block got Fremd to within 23-20. The Fillies got to set point on a kill by Campbell. Reid's kill closed the deficit to 24-22 before sophomore Berkeley Ploder had the set-winning block.
Sarah Jensen served 3 straight points, including an ace and block by sophomore Jenna Meitzler, to give Barrington a 10-5 lead in Set 2.
Fremd charged back and the set was tied at 15, 16, 17. Two hitting errors by the Fillies gave Fremd a 19-17 advantage.
But a kill by Paris made it 19-18, bringing Meitzler to the service line. The sophomore served three straight points, beginning with Bergquist's drive down the line, followed by an ace and a kill by Paris (22-19).
Freshman Victoria Belmonte's side out kill made it 22-20 before a double-hit violation and 2 service points by Garrels ended the match. The final 2 points came when Bergquist blocked an overpass and Horwath sent a shot down the line following a pass from Amanda Cleary (6 digs) to Adler.
Wake Forest recruit Rian Baker handed out 19 assists for Fremd, which was led in the back row by Reid (8 digs), Samantha Gump (5), Isabela Segoviano (5) and Maeve Miller (5), who also had 3 aces. Wala had 5 kills and Belmonte 4.
"I thought we played really well," said Fremd coach Curt Pinley. "We went out to an early lead. We didn't back down at all. I think we are really excited to play them a second time."
"We have another shot to play them," Reid said. "In the end, all that matters is that we played together as a team."