The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls volleyball team's best season since 1987 came to an end Saturday in the IHSA Supersectional with a straight-sets loss to perennial powerhouse Mother McAuley.
Wearing warm-up shirts that declared "Unfinished Business in Normal," the hard-serving Mighty Macs kept the Huskies off balance the entire game, winning 25-12, 25-14 to earn a berth in next week's state finals. The Huskies' Kiley Nelson and Symone Speech had four kills apiece, while Ariel Hamby added three kills. Amy Schembari had 13 assists and Allie Nelson contributed 10 digs for OPRF.
Courtney Joyce (20 assists, seven kills), Kelsey Clark (six kills) and Kayla Caffey(six kills) led the Mighty Macs offensively. Carla Cahill paced their defense with eight digs for Mother McAuley, which improved to a gaudy 38-2 on the season.
OPRF finished the season 30-10 and played in its first supersectional match since 1987. That year, the Huskies finished second in the state in the Class AA playoffs behind the Mighty Macs.
OPRF head coach Don August huddled his players after the game and told them they gathered valuable tournament experience for the future.
"They've set a precedence by getting here," August said. "We now have more experience playing these kind of matches. I told them to focus on all the positives from this season."