Nov. 4, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team put together a season-saving rally for a 25-16, 19-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-9 victory over Black Hawk on Monday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in the opening round of the Region IV tournament.
The Chargers (21-17) advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals and will face the winner of Monday’s match between Moraine Valley and McHenry County. The time and location of the match have yet to be determined.
Sandburg, which swept the Braves (9-26) in their first two meetings this season, had its hands full with Black Hawk for much of the match. After the Chargers closed the first set on a 5-0 run, the Braves dominated the second and third to jump ahead.
Sandburg faced deficits of 20-19, 22-21 and 23-22 in the fourth before taking four of the final five points to force a fifth set. Tied 24-24, the Chargers closed the set with back-to-back kills from sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) and sophomore outside hitter Lorren Newingham (Pittsfield). Sandburg never trailed in the fifth, using a 6-0 run that was keyed by a kill and two blocks from freshman middle hitter Sam Roth (Stark County) to take a commanding 11-4 lead.
Mahr handed out 35 assists and had 21 digs as one of three Sandburg players with double-doubles. Sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) posted a team-best 21 kills and had 16 digs, and sophomore outside hitter Erika Hibberd added 11 kills and 13 digs.
“They outhustled us, and I think we took them a little too lightly at the start of the match,” Chargers coach Todd Winkler said. “We didn’t fight for our lives for about half the match, and then we started playing.“