Co-conference volleyball champion Stevenson ousted in sectional semifinals; Amanda Holsen leads returners for 2020

Chicago Tribune Sports 3 weeks ago

All season, the Stevenson girls volleyball team prepared for the postseason.

A North Suburban Conference co-championship shared with Libertyville, followed by a Class 4A regional title, the Patriots went into the playoffs as a No. 3 seed. They drew No. 2 seed Cary-Grove in the Nov. 4 sectional semifinals.

On a day when the Patriots needed to be at their best they played perhaps one of their worst matches of the season, losing to Cary-Grove 25-18, 25-16.

“It’s always disappointing when you lose and your season ends,” Stevenson coach Tim Crow said. “To take nothing away from Cary-Grove, we didn’t play well. Our serve-receive was poor and our floor game wasn’t good.”

Stevenson won 23 matches in 2019 with a multiple offensive attack that featured a strong outside hitter in sophomore Amanda Holsen (451 kills) and a consistent serve game (114 more service aces than service errors). But against the Trojans, the Patriots had five service errors, one more than service aces (four).

“We didn’t spread the ball out as much as we could have,” senior outside hitter Lily Cozzi said. “It’s a bummer with it being such an important match.”

In Crow’s 18 seasons as coach, Stevenson has won at least a share of six NSC titles and won 14 regional championships. This year’s group had Holsen, Cozzi, senior defensive specialist Abby Keevins and senior setter Grace Tully.

Tully was arguably the Patriots most complete player, finishing with 842 assists, 183 digs, 81 kills and 50 service aces.

Crow said what separated this season’s group is leadership. Cozzi, Keevins and Tully were the three captains and all brought unique skill sets to the captaincy.

“I’m very open with the kids. I’ll tell them, ‘I’m here, but eventually, you will shut me out. It’s important you hear from your peers as they are on the court battling,’” Crow said. “It’s truly a team effort to lead and how you deliver the message, even if it's intimidating.”

In late summer, the Patriots decamped at the Wisconsin summer home of senior Molly Bourbon. In-season team retreats are not uncommon for the Patriots. But the timing of this trip, at the start of the season, had a positive impact on the team’s chemistry.

“We went to Molly’s lake house and it was very helpful to do that early in the season. It got us close,” Cozzi said.

Co-NSC champions Libertyville returns almost its entire roster from a 4A sectional title team. But the Patriots will be formidable foes in 2020.

Along with Holsen, junior libero Emerson Kouri and junior right side hitter Makayla Uremovich return. Crow said Uremovich is a candidate to replace Tully at setter next year. Junior middles Stacy Maimur and Emma Potocki also return.

The future is built around Holsen, who’s number of kills in 2019 is second in school history behind record holder Jori Radtke (552).

“She (Holsen) didn’t play much as a freshman. For her to have the type of season she had is incredible,” Crow said.

“As the seniors leave, you want to not be taking a huge part of the team. You hope you leave an impact, and, as role models, they perform like us,” Cozzi said.

Jon J. Kerr is a freelance reporter for the Pioneer Press

Twitter: @Pioneer_Press


Source link
Read also:
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Emily Duan shot a 2-under 68 at the Class 2A Prospect Sectional at Mount Prospect Golf Club on Monday, leading Stevenson to its first sectional title.
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Stevenson defeated Palatine 25-21, 25-17 with a balanced offensive attack in the Class 4A Palatine Regional final.
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Seth Conway's school-record 28th goal of the season gets Chesterton rolling in 4-0 win against rival Crown Point in the Valparaiso Sectional semifinals.
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Junior right-side hitter Keegan Carey made some errors, but was perfectly resilient in leading Sandburg to a Class 4A sectional semifinal win over Lockport.
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Hannah Wold had nine kills and four blocks in Crown Point's 25-14, 25-15, 25-15 win over Chesterton in the Class 4A Crown Point Sectional semifinals.
New York Post › Sports › 1 month ago
Shakur Stevenson always has dreamed of being a world champion boxer. He just never though he’d have to beat up his girlfriend’s brother to do it. Stevenson, the Newark native who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will meet Joet Gonzalez...
New York Post › Sports › 1 month ago
RENO, Nev. — Shakur Stevenson proved too quick and skilled for Joet Gonzalez, claiming the vacant WBO featherweight title in a unanimous decision Saturday night. Stevenson’s fast strikes and elusiveness were on display throughout, but especially in...
Chicago Tribune › 1 month ago
Stevenson's Conan Pan shot a 75 at the Class 3A DeKalb Sectional to qualify for the state finals, but a disqualification cost the team a berth.
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Stevenson sisters Athena and Alaina Kolli begin their pursuit of a doubles state title when sectional competition begins Friday.
Chicago Tribune › Sports › 1 month ago
Deerfield, Stevenson and Buffalo Grove were among the teams competing at the Discovery Invite.
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR