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opprairie.com Sports the orland park prairie | September 29, 2016 | 47 fastbreak Sandburg beats its conference rival 22nd Century Media File Photo 1st and 3 a rough start ends in victory for the eagles 1. Jawon Richards Richards led the team with his quick feet, and slick moves for the night with 60 rushing yards on 11 attempts. 2. Patrick Brucki Proving to be Friedsam’s go to guy, Brucki finished off the night with 36 rushing yards, one touchdown carry, and a safety after taking down Stagg’s Neputy. 3. Collin Friedsam Despite a rocky first half Friedsam turned his game around, and helped lead his team to victory. Friedsam contributed 33 rushing yards, 177 passing yards, and two touchdown passes to give Sandburg the homecoming night victory. Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor In a Thursday, Sept. 22 matchup against a Distirct 230 rival, the Sandburg girls volleyball team edged out Andrew in a two-set match win. Both rosters have a majority of underclassmen on them, and with two freshman liberos going head-to-head — Rachel Krasowski of Sandburg and Kylie Adams for Andrew — the resulting game had ups and downs for both teams. Sandburg came away with a 25- 12, 25-17 win over Andrew, but the scores do not do the game justice. Admittedly, Andrew came out slow during the first set because of a lack of communication, but the second set was much closer than the score demonstrates. The lack of communication in the first set was a point of interest for Andrew coach Emily Connolly, who is in her second non-consecutive year with the team. “Communication is such a key factor in volleyball,” Connolly said. “You need to be specific by saying, ‘mine,’ ‘setting zone five,’ ‘hit the line,’ ‘hit the corner.’” Andrew’s lack of communication meant a trailing first set and only tying early on before Sandburg started pulling away. Rachel DeFries, Anna Jonynas and Lauren Mizera gave Sandburg the lead with a combined 8-3 run, with Andrew trailing 12-5, forcing them to take a time out. Brianna Haggerty had well-placed kills throughout the first set, but it was not enough to keep her team in the game. Andrew fell during the first set 25-12. Connolly switched things up for Set 2 and took Amanda Long off of libero, giving the spot to Adams. The switch proved to be just the ticket, as Andrew’s Long started the match out strong with a 3-0 lead before Sandburg even made it on the board. “Game 1 did not work for us,” Connolly said. “I needed [Long] in the game, but I wanted to switch her and Kylie up. I made sure they both play left back and middle back in practice. They’re both really good passers and really good defense,” Andrew came out strong during the second set and held the lead for the first quarter of the game. Long gave her team a 3-0 start to the match before Sandburg was able to tie the game 6-6, and tried pulling away. Andrew did not let that happen and stayed on the Eagles’ tail until Sandburg took a timeout halfway through the set. “We just wanted to settle them down and tell them, ‘We got this’. Let’s make a good 10-point run here,” said 10-year coach David Vales. “Our practice was about ,’Once you get the lead, how do you finish off strong?’ So that was nice and, at 15-12, we gave them a couple, but then we were able to pull away. It’s nice when that’s what you practice the day before, and you come out and execute.” Jonynas made good use of her coach’s advice and the practice. After her 10th kill of the game, Jonynas went on a six-point serve run to win the set and the match for Sandburg. “We definitely let a couple of points slip through the cracks, with bad serve receives or bad hits, but we re-grouped after the timeout, and we pushed through,” Jonynas commented. Jonynas ended the match with three aces, five digs and 20 assists. Krasowski added another ace and 10 digs to Sandburg’s stats for Thursday’s match. Sandburg setter Maureen Imrie plays Thursday, Sept. 22, as the Eagles defeat rival Andrew 2-0. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media Sandburg’s win leaves them with an overall 12-6 record for the season. Despite not making a large impact on the stat sheet, Vales recognized players such as setter Maureen Imrie. “I thought our setter, [Maureen Imrie] did very well. Obviously, Anna gets those kills, but without Maureen setting a good ball and a diverse offense, we had three middles play today and they all got swings,” Vales said. Andrew’s record is 2-10 after the matchup against Sandburg, but that losing record does not phase Connolly or her team. Her main goal is to keep the team’s confidence up. With less than half of her team being seniors, Connolly has a young team that has a long way to go. “Our focus right now isn’t about wins or losses, but it’s about getting better. I keep saying we have a very young team, and I’m trying to build them up to our program’s expectations, and my expectations,” Connolly said. “We’re starting to hit the middle point of the season, so I’m hoping it’s all starting to resonate with them.” Connolly’s team shared her focus, and both Long and Adams were positive after the match. Never failing to remember that this is a team sport, Long’s attitude post-match was upbeat. Connolly’s team had some successes individually during the game, aside from the team’s performance. Adams contributed defensively with 16 digs, and Long added to that with her 17 digs. Kaileen Herman had five kills and eight assists throughout the game, and Haggerty proved she can play both offensively and defensively, with four kills and 11 digs. “I feel like none of us really knew the score, and were just building on each other’s confidence and energy,” Long said. LISTEN UP What 2 Watch INDEX ”We need to play the whole 80 minutes like what we saw in the second half. It should have been 4-0 at the half. … We haven’t found what motivates this team yet, but we’ll get there.” Desi Vuillaume — Sandburg boys soccer coach Football 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 • Sandburg faces Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor. 45 — This Week In 42 — Athlete of the Week Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, email@example.com.