Volleyball: Green-Hasz combo fuels Lady Hubs against Sandwich

Rochelle teammates Ella McKinney and Afi Gati block a Sandwich kill shot during the Lady Hub varsity volleyball match against the Indians on Monday. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle teammates net double-doubles in 14-25, 25-21, 16-25 loss

ROCHELLE — Lady Hub volleyball standouts Sylvia Hasz and Clare Green have been in unison throughout the season. Their combined efforts resulted in each of them netting double-doubles Monday evening, when Rochelle hosted an Interstate 8 Conference rematch with Sandwich.

Hasz and Green spearheaded the charge for the Lady Hubs, who split the first two sets with the Indians before conceding a late rally and ultimately falling 14-25, 25-21, 16-25. Green netted 26 assists and 10 digs for Rochelle (6-9), while Hasz scored 19 kills and added 17 digs in the loss.

“They play a lot of club volleyball and they always come to practice and matches ready to go,” head coach Molly Sly said. “They have a winning attitude and we saw a lot of that tonight. They play with their hearts on their sleeves and it was fun to see them working together so well.”

Rochelle defeated Sandwich earlier this season, but the Indians opened the match on Monday with the upper hand. While the Lady Hubs were within striking distance for most of the first set, Sandwich rallied off eight unanswered points with a 17-14 advantage to put Rochelle away and secure the 1-0 set lead. The Lady Hubs bounced back in the second set, opening on a 10-3 run behind several sets and kills from Green to Hasz. The rally forced Sandwich to call a timeout.

“We didn’t come ready to play today,” Sly said. “Clare and Sylvia showed up and wanted it all three sets. Sandwich caught us on our heels unfortunately and we need to be on our toes.”

Sandwich brought itself within two points, 15-13, before Hasz strung together four straight kills to extend Rochelle’s lead and hold the Indians off during the second set. The Lady Hubs played Sandwich to a 9-9 tie to start the third set, but three consecutive points from the Indians forced Rochelle to stop the match with a timeout. The unanswered points were the beginning of an 11-3 Sandwich run that ultimately proved too much for the Lady Hubs to overcome Monday.

“I felt that we couldn’t move on after we missed a point,” Sly said. “We were getting down on ourselves and we weren’t able to move on from the little mistakes. We’re hoping that our girls can learn from that. It’s not about what happened during the last point, it’s about what’s next.”

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