Elmwood Park, St. Joseph seasons end in Immaculate Conception regional
Elmhurst Monday, 10/22/12 Montini's Joyce Balash (10) celebrates a point during the first game of Monday's regional match against St. Joseph. Montini won the match, 25-11, 25-6. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 22, 2012 9:49PM
ELMHURST — The volleyball season came to a halt Monday night for both Elmwood Park and St. Joseph.
Immaculate Conception hosted a doubleheader for the first night of the Class 3A regional, and both the Tigers and Chargers lost in straight sets.
Coming off a third-place finish in the Girls Catholic Athletic White, St. Joseph couldn’t rally against Montini Catholic, falling 25-11, 25-6.
“I expected them, as always, to push hard,” Chargers volleyball coach Mari Gonzalez said. “It’s tough when you’re playing a team with more of an elite status than us. It’s hard. It’s easier said than done. I think these girls pushed. They struggled in the end, but they pushed.”
After taking Timothy Christian to three sets during the regular season, Elmwood Park came in with a hint of confidence.
But that wasn’t enough, as the Trojans took the 25-10, 25-14 win.
“We knew that we beat them before, and we thought it was going to be a better game than it was today,” said Tigers senior libero Monika Pszczola, whose team ended the season 5-23. “I think everyone put a lot of heart into the game, especially in the second because the first we started off a little rough.”
Timothy Christian will advance to Tuesday’s semifinal against Nazareth, while Montini will take on No. 1 seed Immaculate Conception.