By: Luke Drase
With their 25-23, 25-21 win against Glenbrook South, Maine South has guaranteed themselves no worse than a share of third place in the CSL South.
Maine South were put at a disadvantage before the match even began. Usual starting setter Katie Carmichael was out with an injury so her fellow junior Francesca Faraci had to step up and take her place.
The absence of Carmichael was very noticeable in the first set. Maine South were able to pass well and keep balls in play, but neither they, nor Glenbrook South were able to send many balls to the floor.
Glenbrook South was the cleaner team through the opening part of the match, running their offense through their two middle hitters, Katie Gregory and Lindsay Lathrop which led to a 16-12 advantage.
But from that point on, it was all Maine South. A smart timeout prompted a GBS missed serve, and the Hawks eventually tied up the set at 18.
More unforced errors from the Titans allowed Maine South to find themselves at set point 24-21. GBS managed to fend off two set points, but they couldn’t get the third an Maine South took the opening set 25-23.
Both teams came out of the huddle into the second set with a much improved attacking presence.
When GBS managed to remain in system, the were able to successfully run their offense through Gregory and Lathrop. However, good defense from Maine South and a general lack of energy from the Titans meant the set remained close throughout.
GBS seemed to get the breakthrough as they took a slim, yet substantial 19-17 lead, but another excellent timeout from Maine South completely turned the tide of the game.
Out of the timeout, Maine South caught a lucky break as they sided out quickly, and aced GBS with a serve that hit the top of the tape and hit the one foot line to tie the game at 19.
The Hawks took the lead for good when they completely sold out on the middle attack and earned a clean block. GBS, who showed very little energy throughout the match, had no response and Maine South closed out the set by a score of 25-21.
Maine South will finish off their conference season on Wednesday at Niles North, while Glenbrook South will host a reeling Evanston team.