McHenry falls to Gurnee Warren in volleyball regional final

McHENRY – The McHenry girls volleyball team found out the hard way that no lead is safe in its 31-29, 25-19 loss to Gurnee Warren in the Class 4A McHenry Regional final Thursday night.

The second-seeded Warriors held the lead for most of their match against top-seed Warren but struggled to maintain it late in each game.

McHenry had a 24-20 lead late in the first set before Warren came back.

The Warriors (13-23), despite faltering late in the first game, came out strong in the second and led by six points midway through the game. They just couldn’t put the Blue Devils away.

“We wanted to go out and play as a team, and if this is how we’re going to go out, it’s at least how we wanted to play,” McHenry coach Jeff Brunstrum said. “It’s not because of a lack of trying or lack of doing anything; it’s exactly what we asked them to do.”

McHenry certainly didn’t look like a team that finished the season with a losing record, giving the Blue Devils all they could handle throughout the match. It was a complete team effort as well, as no Warrior had more than six kills in the match.

Becca Dabrowski and Mary Rouse led the team with six kills each. Zoe Lindsey added four kills and seven assists.

Serving was once again a strong point of attack for the Warriors. Lindsey started serving in both sets for McHenry and helped her team take early leads with an aggressive approach that led to five aces for the match.

“We had a lot of fans here, and I was pumped up and brought that energy into the match,” Lindsey said. “I think we are a lot better than we were in the beginning of the season, and we ended on a really high note tonight.”

Allyson Mitchell of Warren had eight kills in the second game. She took over late in the game to help the Blue Devils pull away for the victory.

Rouse had nine assists, and Haley Kornfeind led the Warriors with nine digs. Jessica Flathau had six digs and Ally Spence added five in the Warriors' final match of the season.

“Everything we’ve asked them to do all season they went out and did tonight, and that’s all I can ask of them as the coach,” Brunstrum said.

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