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Volleyball

High school volleyball: Cary-Grove comes back to beat McHenry

Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com
Cary-Grove's Evynn Layshock (left) and Amber Olson celebrate at win during Thursday's match against McHenry at McHenry East High School August 25, 2016. Cary-Grove beat McHenry, 24-26, 25-17, 25-11.
Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com Cary-Grove's Evynn Layshock (left) and Amber Olson celebrate at win during Thursday's match against McHenry at McHenry East High School August 25, 2016. Cary-Grove beat McHenry, 24-26, 25-17, 25-11.

McHENRY – Even after Cary-Grove dropped the first set against McHenry on Thursday, the Trojans believed their hard work would pay off.

"We still knew that we had it," sophomore libero Kate Selsky said. "We practiced for this all preseason. We're going to be down sometimes, but you've got to fight back sometimes no matter what."

C-G was unable to come back and beat Prairie Ridge in their season opener Tuesday, but Thursday showed that the Trojans would still be a major player in the Fox Valley Conference race – even after graduating six seniors from their Class 4A state semifinal team.

C-G rebounded from its first-set letdown, jumping out to early leads in the final two sets and never trailing again in a 24-26, 25-17, 25-11 FVC win at McHenry East.

Senior outsider hitter Maddy Katchen led the Trojans (1-1 overall, 1-1 FVC) with 11 kills, senior Becca Elrod added eight, and freshman Evynn Layshock had five. Junior setter Amber Olson finished with 23 assists, and sophomore Erica Anderson had a team-high three aces.

"We had a lot to come back from," said Selsky, who led the team with 14 digs. "We really showed a lot against [Prairie Ridge], but we knew we had a lot more to show everyone. [McHenry] put up a great match. They have some great hitters and some hard balls, but we really came together."

Trojans coach Patty Langanis made a lineup change after the first set to keep Selsky on the court for six rotations. Another difference was the emergence of Layshock and Cassie Ploof, helping to diversify the offense, Langanis said.

"A lot more people were putting the ball away when we had an opportunity," said Katchen, one of two team captains. "Everybody was being smart and everyone was giving everything they could."

Layshock, a 5-foot-10 right-side hitter, came up big in the third set with four kills.

"I'm just happy to be on the team, and it's fun to fight with them every game," Layshock said. "We knew we could pick it up and take the next (two) sets. I had amazing sets from Amber (Olson)."

McHenry, which entered with rising confidence after beating Crystal Lake South, was led by senior Ava Pauly with 10 kills and two blocks; Paige Manssen had 21 assists and nine digs, Gabriella DePersio and Paige Hale each had 10 digs, and Isidora Visnjevac had two aces.

"I think really it's a piece of the culture that we're trying to build, and believing that we can win," second-year Warriors coach Lexi Disselhorst said. "We belong in the gym, and we can compete with these teams in the conference. Give it to Cary-Grove, too. They picked up on our weaknesses and just took it to us."

UNSUNG HERO

Evynn Layshock, Cary-Grove, fr., RS

The freshman right-side hitter recorded four of her five kills in the decisive third set to help open things up offensively for the Trojans.

THE NUMBER O:

Leads for McHenry in the second and third sets

AND ANOTHER THING…

"McHenry is changing their program," C-G coach Patty Langanis said. "[McHenry coach] Lexi (Disselhorst) has instilled a culture. You can just see that those girls are fighters."

McHENRY – Even after Cary-Grove dropped the first set against McHenry on Thursday, the Trojans believed their hard work would pay off.

"We still knew that we had it," sophomore libero Kate Selsky said. "We practiced for this all preseason. We're going to be down sometimes, but you've got to fight back sometimes no matter what."

C-G was unable to come back and beat Prairie Ridge in their season opener Tuesday, but Thursday showed that the Trojans would still be a major player in the Fox Valley Conference race – even after graduating six seniors from their Class 4A state semifinal team.

C-G rebounded from its first-set letdown, jumping out to early leads in the final two sets and never trailing again in a 24-26, 25-17, 25-11 FVC win at McHenry East.

Senior outsider hitter Maddy Katchen led the Trojans (1-1 overall, 1-1 FVC) with 11 kills, senior Becca Elrod added eight, and freshman Evynn Layshock had five. Junior setter Amber Olson finished with 23 assists, and sophomore Erica Anderson had a team-high three aces.

"We had a lot to come back from," said Selsky, who led the team with 14 digs. "We really showed a lot against [Prairie Ridge], but we knew we had a lot more to show everyone. [McHenry] put up a great match. They have some great hitters and some hard balls, but we really came together."

Trojans coach Patty Langanis made a lineup change after the first set to keep Selsky on the court for six rotations. Another difference was the emergence of Layshock and Cassie Ploof, helping to diversify the offense, Langanis said.

"A lot more people were putting the ball away when we had an opportunity," said Katchen, one of two team captains. "Everybody was being smart and everyone was giving everything they could."

Layshock, a 5-foot-10 right-side hitter, came up big in the third set with four kills.

"I'm just happy to be on the team, and it's fun to fight with them every game," Layshock said. "We knew we could pick it up and take the next (two) sets. I had amazing sets from Amber (Olson)."

McHenry, which entered with rising confidence after beating Crystal Lake South, was led by senior Ava Pauly with 10 kills and two blocks; Paige Manssen had 21 assists and nine digs, Gabriella DePersio and Paige Hale each had 10 digs, and Isidora Visnjevac had two aces.

"I think really it's a piece of the culture that we're trying to build, and believing that we can win," second-year Warriors coach Lexi Disselhorst said. "We belong in the gym, and we can compete with these teams in the conference. Give it to Cary-Grove, too. They picked up on our weaknesses and just took it to us."

UNSUNG HERO

Evynn Layshock, Cary-Grove, fr., RS

The freshman right-side hitter recorded four of her five kills in the decisive third set to help open things up offensively for the Trojans.

THE NUMBER O:

Leads for McHenry in the second and third sets

AND ANOTHER THING…

"McHenry is changing their program," C-G coach Patty Langanis said. "[McHenry coach] Lexi (Disselhorst) has instilled a culture. You can just see that those girls are fighters."

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