New Trier coach Hannah Hsieh thought Central's unrelenting defense was the difference. The Tigers put together an extended rally in the middle of the second set with multiple point-saving digs that stood out to Hsieh.
"I just thought they scrapped and really pushed for points," Hsieh said. "There was one point where I thought for sure it was down and I was like, 'Whoa, we're still playing?'
"That's a great team. We're not embarrassed to say we lost to them. We put up a good fight."
A complete team effort was required in Friday's win, Brunstrum said. Blake had six kills, 12 digs and two blocks, Megan Kelly had six kills, four blocks, seven digs and five assists, and Emily Kelly had six kills, two blocks, 10 digs and an ace.
Doak had 14 assists and seven digs, Hausler had three kills and two blocks, and Hulata and Timmerman both had one kill and two blocks.
"We're guaranteed two more matches and that's amazing," Megan Kelly said. "We're just looking to do the best we can and have fun. ... We're already in the record books for 4A, and we're really excited about that."