Carmel Catholic’s girls volleyball team couldn’t stop Sophie Sorenson, but the visiting Corsairs pulled out a thrilling win on Thursday night, outlasting Stevenson 31-29, 16-25, 25-19 in nonconference action.
Sorenson slammed 20 kills and also had 5 aces and 10 digs.
Carmel (1-2) was led by junior captain and outside hitter Eileen Tarcha with 11 kills, 2 aces and 8 digs.
“Eileen was active all night long, front row and back row, in our offense,” Corsairs coach Dave Pazely said. “She isn’t a dominant hitter but makes the ball move well, picking out corners and finding holes in the defense. As our middles started moving offensively the game opened up for our pin hitters too. We still have work to do to improve but it was good to put one in the win column early in the season.”
Carmel’s other contributors included Annie Bart (4 kills, 2 blocks), Alyssa Dellert (6 kills), Kaitlyn Donton (11 assists), Mya Mainzer (5 kills, 2 aces), Jolina Moisio (16 digs, 2 aces), Casey Needham (6 digs), Caiti Shrofe (5 digs), Tayah Farris (2 kills) and Patti Needham (13 assists).
For Stevenson (1-1), Grace Tully dished out 35 assists and added 3 kills and 2 aces. The Patriots also got contributions from Lily Cozzi (7 kills), Annie Armgardt (5 kills), Makayla Uremovich (5 kills) and Abby Keevins (10 digs).
Buffalo Grove d. Grayslake Central: The host Bison won 25-23, 25-16 in a nonconference match.
Grayslake Central (1-1) was led by Amber Moser’s 7 kills and 2 aces. Cassidy Beshel had 5 kills, Elisa Koshy dished out 13 assists, and Abby Marassa notched 10 digs for the Rams.
Regina Dominican d. Vernon Hills: The Cougars lost the nonconference match 25-15, 25-22 to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Vernon Hills was led offensively by sophomore middle blocker Daniella Jarrell with 4 kills and defensively by Allison Chase with 3 blocks.
Warren d. Glenbrook North: On Wednesday night, Ella White pounded 12 kills, and the Blue Devils outlasted the Spartans 25-16, 23-25, 25-21 in nonconference action.
Dana Lundtveit added 9 kills, and Ora Cohen contributed 5 kills and 2 solo blocks for Warren (2-0). Kayla Klemz and Abby Berkowicz distributed 16 and 14 assists, respectively. The Blue Devils’ other contributors included Amanda Howe (11 digs, 3 aces), Ellie Columbus (2 aces, 5 digs), Emma Fitzgibbons (2 solo, 3 assisted blocks) and Sarah Barbosa (5 digs).