Lady Wolves Lose Regional Final to Loyola

By Nick Goldwyn

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After the parents had lost their voices encouraging their children and the student fans in the stands had made their last critical comment about the refs and the little girl had put away her impromptu ipad poster (that read “let’s go wolves”)–after all that–the Girls Volleyball team, disheartened from their loss to the Loyola Ramblers (25-23, and 25-22), walked off the court.

From the get-go the contest was close. The Lady Wolves and Ramblers were neck-and-neck in the first game and were tied at points 4, 8, and 9, before the ramblers began to pull away. The score was 17-12 when the Lady Wolves began their comeback. West pulled ahead by one (19-18) after a serve by sophomore Olivia Rusek, was hit by Loyola right into the basketball hoop.ut the Wolves slowed from there, eventually losing the first game 25-23.

Almost the exact same story line played out in game two, as the Lady Wolves and Ramblers were tied at 7, before Loyola pulled ahead and West battled back. After the game became tied at 16, Loyola pulled ahead again and didn’t relinquish the lead. The Wolves had flashes of brilliance in both games, and played well throughout, but in end Loyola proved that they were too good at killing the ball, and especially at blocking West’s kill attempts.

Seniors Milena Zalloni and Marina Sostaric, along with junior Melanie Vujovich, couldnt find their rhythm throughout the entire game because most of their kill attempts were blocked, disrupting the flow of their offensive attack. And following a couple missed calls on the last two points, the game, and the Lady Wolves season ended.