Guerin leaves big impression on St. Joseph after Gators’ nonconference win
Updated: October 16, 2012 11:22AM
WESTCHESTER — Balloons, streamers and posters colored the gym at St. Joseph High School.
It was senior night for the Chargers volleyball team as it hosted the Guerin Gators.
But it was the Gators who spoiled the night, taking the 25-10, 25-19 victory.
“Guerin Prep, they’re an amazing team,” St. Joseph head coach Mari Gonzalez said. “They’re in a harder conference than us, and they’re high in their conference, so for us to keep up with them and move with them is a great accomplishment.”
The Gators (15-12, 4-4) sit third in the Suburban Christian Conference with two conference matches to go.
Junior middle blocker Rebecca Bartnicki led the Gators’ attack, hitting 90 percent with seven kills, four coming in the first set.
The Gators quickly jumped to a 14-5 lead in the first but found themselves trailing in the second game, forcing Guerin coach Dominic DiSilvio to call a timeout with his team down 15-12.
“You’re not playing the game; your arms are down,” DiSilvio shouted in the team huddle.
“We were playing terrible; we weren’t playing up to our expectations, and we were playing passive,” DiSilvio said about the second set.
Sophomore outside Gabrielle Foster tried to keep the Chargers in the game, but her team-high 12 kills weren’t enough.
The Chargers are 4-1 in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference White and will compete in the GCAC pool play Oct. 19, where they hope to improve on their third-place conference finish from last year.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Guerin and St. Joseph volleyball teams.