The Fenwick High School girls volleyball team is one win away from an IHSA State Finals Tournament appearance. With that coveted opportunity on the line, the Friars will take on Marian Central Catholic Saturday (1 p.m.) at Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst in a Class 3A supersectional.
Fenwick advanced to the supersectional with a 25-15, 25-13 win over Rosary in the Glenbard South Sectional final on Thursday, Nov. 5. Fenwick (24-11) controlled the action in both games as four Friars had six kills or more, complemented by stellar team defense and blocking.
“It was really a team win,” coach Kathleen O’Laughlin said. “We blocked well at the net to keep ourselves in good shape and keep our lead.”
Senior right side Kathleen Carpenter notched seven kills and 10 blocks, while senior middle Annie Trucco finished with seven kills and seven blocks. Senior middle/right side Kerry Best contributed six kills to go with five blocks, and senior defensive specialist Colleen Lawlor had a team-high 18 digs.
“Our seniors really took over and were in control of the match from the start,” O’Laughlin said. “They were just really on a mission to get to the next match. Trucco really took charge and Best was big for us tonight because she was able to stop (Rosary’s) middle which was really important. (Junior setter) Mary Marzo really controlled the match by keeping (Rosary’s) middles out of it too.”
Seeded fifth in their sectional, the Friars defeated higher-seeded teams Glenbard South (No.1 seed), Rosary (2) and Trinity (4) en route to the title. The road to a state title doesn’t get any easier as Fenwick will face another tough team, Marian Central Catholic, the top seed in the Woodstock Sectional.
The senior-laden Friars, however, are on a roll and appear ready for any challenge at this point of the season.
“It’s a quick turnaround, but we’ve been scouting (Marian),” O’Laughlin said. “We’re just going to have to go out there and hopefully do the things we did tonight. We’ll just give it our best shot; our team is capable of overcoming them.”