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JCA-25, 25 vs. St. Viator- 21, 12
The one-arm bandit has nothing on Joliet Catholic Academy junior Meg Sliwa. The 5-foot-7 libero delivered a flurry of one-armed digs in the first game Tuesday night as the host Angels jumped to an 18-4 lead en route to a dominant 25-21, 25-12 victory over St. Viator.
In both teams’ East Suburban Catholic Conference opener, JCA (9-5-1, 1-0) followed the stunning Game 1 start with a strong 18-6 lead in Game 2. Sliwa was the catalyst, finishing with 17 digs, eight service points, an ace and a 2.11 serve-receive rating.
“Amazing,” said JCA coach Christine Scheibe, who recorded the 499th win of her 17-year career, all with the Angels. “Meg was just amazing on defense. She made three or four incredible digs right away, and we got kills off of every one of them. That got the team into it, that got the crowd pumped up and energized, and we rolled off of that.”
Senior outside hitter Taylor Zurliene also fueled that boost of energy with nine kills, five points, three digs and an ace, while LaSalle University-bound junior setter Sarah Nahas was smooth as silk with 20 assists, seven digs, six points and an ace. Sophomore outside Emily Holbrook contributed eight kills, three digs and a 2.14 serve-receive, junior right-side Emmie Naal had four kills, four digs and seven points, and junior middle Emily Jones notched three kills and seven blocks.
But going back to the inspiring Sliwa-sparked defense, Nicoleta Meyer, Morgan Leuszler, Kate Mihelich and Meg’s sister Marissa also had digs. “I’ve always been a big proponent of scrappy, get after it, Angel defense,” Scheibe said. “It’s a lot of fun to scramble for balls and flat-out compete, and it really frustrates the other team. Meg continues to play better and better back there with each game and each match, and I can see her confidence growing. She’s been a spark plug for our team in the back row.”
Indeed, the Angels are 6-0-1 in their last seven matches heading into Thursday’s showdown at Sandburg. Consider the two-game sweep of St. Viator another step taken. “We talked to the girls in our pregame about winning the games of five, and they took off with that and made it their mission to own every five-point segment,” Scheibe said. “I think every time we’re stepping out on the floor, we can see the dramatic improvement that we’re making. We’re playing good competition, day in and day out, and it’s only going to make us stronger for November.”
JCA’s sophomore team improved its record to 10-0 with a 25-15, 25-11 ESCC victory over St. Viator. The Angels’ freshman A team also won 25-12, 25-12.
JCA – 2 vs Nazareth – 3; September 13, 2016
Freshman Mia Bertino wins 6-1 . 6-0 @ 1st Singles
Seniors Maddie Bauer & McCoy Hutchison win 6-0 , 7-6 @ 1st Doubles Great Fight Angels!
JCA vs Lockport tonight 9/14 at JCA
JCA – 5 vs Plainfield Central – 0; September 12, 2016
JCA – 5
Plainfield Central – 0
Freshman Mia Bertino Wins 1st Singles 6-1, 6-0
Senior Clair Allgood Wins 2nd Singles 6-1, 6-0
Junior Kylie Thornburg Wins 4-2
Seniors McCoy Hutchison & Maddie Bauer (M&M’s) Win 1st Doubles 6-0 , 6-0
Juniors Sara Markun & Caitlyn Spreitzer Win 2nd Doubles 6-0 , 6-1
Senior Michelle Roberts & Junior Emma Markun Wins 3rd Doubles 6-4 , 6-2
Great Job Angels!!
JCA-5 vs. Marist-1; September 6, 2016
The Angels took the match from the Redhawks 5-1 in the sweltering heat at JCA on Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman Mia Bertino @ 1st Singles wins 6-2,6-0
Seniors Maddie Bauer & McCoy Hutchison @ 1st Doubles wins 6-3,6-0
Juniors Caitlyn Spreitzer & Sara Markun @2nd Doubles wins 6-3,4-6,6-4
Senior Michelle Roberts & Junior Emma Markun @3rd Doubles wins 4-6,6-1,7-5
Juniors Amanda Nelson & Kylie Thornburg @4th Doubles wins 8-5
Way to fight Angels!!
JCA vs Lincoln-Way East; August 31, 2016
Freshman Mia Bertino Wins First Singles 6-2 / 6-1
Senior Claire Allgood Wins 2nd Singles 3-6 / 6-1 / 7-6
Seniors McCoy Hutchison and Maddie Bauer win 1st Doubles 6-0 / 6-3
Junior Chelsea Hizon and Freshman Mia Bertino win doubles 8-4
Juniors Brittney Murnane and Kara Courtright win Doubles 8-4
JCA- 3 vs Marian Central- 2; August 29, 2016
Freshman Mia Bertino wins 1st Singles 6-0 / 6-0
Senior Olivia Pyzowski wins 3rd Singles 6-0 / 6-0
Seniors Maddie Bauer and McCoy Hutchison win first Doubles 6-0 / 6-1
Senior Michelle Roberts and Junior Emma Markun win 3rd Doubles 3-6 / 6-4 / 6-4
Great Job ANGELS !!
Their is a re-math Wednesday against Lincoln-Way East at JCA at 4:30 p.m. The match was originally postponed due to rain.
Friday, August 26, 2016 – JCA-6 vs. Plainfield South-0
Freshman Mia Bertino at 1st Singles wins 6-0 / 6-0
Senior Claire Allgood at 2nd Singles wins 6-4 / 6-2
Senior Michelle Roberts at 3rd Singles wins 6-0 / 6-0
Junior Victoria Aranda and Senior Michelle Roberts doubles wins 6-1 / 6-0
Junior Caitlin Spreitzer and Junior Sarah Markun 1st doubles wins 6-2 / 6-4
Senior Olivia Pyzowski and Junior Emma Markun 2nd doubles wins 6-2 / 6-1
Junior Kylie Thornburg and Junior Amanda Nelson 3rd doubles wins 6-0 / 7-6 (7-2)
The Angels junior varsity Tennis team defeated Marian Central Catholic yesterday 3 – 2. Winning were freshmen Libby Gregurich, Sammie Scordo and Kelsey. Also a gutty win by sophomore doubles partners Cordelia Wagner and Abby Belling. Way to go Angels!
Thursday, August 25, 2016 – JCA – 6 vs Providence – 1
Freshman Mia Bertino at first Singles wins 6-1 / 6-1
Senior Clair Allgood at 2nd singles wins 6-2 / 6-1
Senior Michelle Roberts at 3rd Singles wins 6-2 / 6-1
Seniors McCoy Hutchison and Maddie Bauer win at First Doubles 6-0 / 6-0
Juniors Caitlyn Spreitzer and Sara Marcun win at 2nd Doubles 6-2 / 7-6
Juniors Kylie Thornberg and Kara Courtright win at 4th Doubles 7-6 / 10-5
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – JCA vs Carmel
Senior Claire Allgood wins singles with a 6-2 / 7-5 victory
Senior Michelle Roberts wins singles with a 8-3 victory
Seniors McCoy Hutchison and Maddie Bauer Win doubles with a 6-1 / 6-1 victory
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Plainfield North Relays
The Hillmen and Angels sprinted into action at the Plainfield North Tiger Relays. Freshman Audrey Hammel and senior Megan Meyer displayed great finishing kicks as they passed many runners coming into the finish line. Seniors Shannon Quinn and Kelly Testin medaled in the girls’ varsity race while sophomores Erin Johnson and Emma McSteen medaled in the girls’ frosh-soph race. Good job runners.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The starting pistol sounded and the JCA cross country season was off and running at the Providence Celtic Conditioner. JCA ran against Joliet Central, Providence, Marian Catholic, and De La Salle Institute. The Hillmen were led by sophomore Tyler Kuchar-Hinthorn (junior) and Josh Lemke (senior). Zach Corcoran (senior) also cracked the top 20 overall with a 16th place finish. The Angels were led by 4th place finisher Kelly Testin (senior) as well as a 10th place position by Shannon Quinn (senior). Grace Bannon (sophomore) and Isabella Miller (freshman) both raced to top 25 positions. The Hillmen and Angels will next be in action at the Plainfield North Tiger Relays on Tuesday, August 30.