By: Luke Drase
From the word go, Maine West stomped on the gas pedal and never let up as they defeated the Leyden Eagles, 25-11, 25-9 to improve to 3-0 on the season.
When Christy Kolosvary stepped up to the service line, Maine West held a slim 4-3 lead over Leyden.
Kolosvary and the Warriors then proceeded to go on a 12-0 run on their way to winning the first set which included four aces for the senior setter.
“I was just trying to not get in my head, stay focused, and do whatever the coach says,” said Kolosvary, who finished with six aces, eight assists and seven digs on the night.
“Just focusing on that, and being positive in your own head, thinking ‘I can do it’ kept [the run] going.”
The service pressure didn’t stop there however, as Maine West started set two right where they left off, leading 3-0 and 11-2 before coasting to a straight set victory.
Head coach of the Warriors, Mike Cott was extremely pleased with his teams aggressive and accurate serving.
“Serving is big. I mean, thats really the only skill we can totally control,” said Cott.
“That’s been a point of emphasis for us the last week in practice, and we’re starting to do a better job of zone serving and it was key, we had a lot of aces and kept them out of system.”
Since much of the damage was done on the serve, kill numbers were down for the Warriors front row, but Jessica Reidl led the way again with three kills and two blocks while Amanda Grzebien added two kills, and three aces of her own.
Maine West will put their prefect record to the test this weekend, as they travel to Winnetka to participate in the New Trier tournament, which features the likes of Niles West, Hersey, Loyola and New Trier.
“Im looking forward to the tournament to see how we do playing five matches in two days. Were going to play some good teams coming up and I just want to see how we continue to respond,” said Cott.
“We started out slow this year, but we should, in theory, have an experienced bunch so I’m hoping we’re starting to gain a little bit of steam.”