ROCHELLE — With three starters out of the lineup, the Rochelle volleyball team was unable to secure a victory during a close three-set match at Morris on Tuesday. Those starters, including seniors Maggie Duval and Allison Seebach, returned on Wednesday, however, and the Lady Hubs got back on track with a 25-15, 25-17 win against the Ottawa Pirates. Rochelle improved to 13-8 overall after the victory.
“We’re on the up-and-up and I think the sky is the limit for us,” head coach Molly Sly said. “We’ve completely forgotten about Tuesday’s match. We were out three starters and even though we didn’t get the win, I’m looking forward to playing [Morris] again.”
Ottawa nearly extended the match to three sets, tying the Lady Hubs 16-16 in the second set before junior Clare Green and senior Katie Van Hise took over as the one-two punch on offense. Van Hise notched four kills over the final nine points, finishing with a team-high 10 kills in the win. Green paced the offense with 18 assists.
“Our serving needs to improve and we need to stay more consistent,” Sly said. “We haven’t had many aces over our last few matches and our opponents have been able to run at least two hitters on all of our serves. We need to increase the intensity of our serves and if we can stay consistent in our serve-receives, our passing and our hitting, we’ll be alright.”
Sophomore Sylvia Hasz was all over the court on Wednesday, totaling a team-leading 10 digs to go with six kills and one block. Junior Afi Gati has emerged as a defensive presence in the middle of the front row, finishing Wednesday’s match with a team-high three blocks while Van Hise added two blocks. Junior Ellie Kinn led Rochelle with two aces.
“Sylvia had some key kills that ended their rallies tonight,” Sly said. “It’s fantastic seeing Katie take over the match. When she gets 10 or more kills, those are fantastic numbers to put up, and I love seeing her hit those shots.”
Rochelle took the first set over Morris on Tuesday before falling over the final two sets to lose 25-22, 19-25, 21-25. Van Hise recorded 15 kills for the Lady Hubs, while Kinn finished with 14 digs and Green totaled 21 assists.