Last season, the Evanston Township High School girls’ volleyball advanced to the Class 4A Sectionals after winning the Evanston Regional championship. This season, the Wildkits hoped for similar success when they opened post season play against Payton as part of the Class 4A Trinity Regional.
On Oct. 23, the Kits, who were the No. 7 seed team in the 22-team Niles North Sectional, took on No. 10 Payton, beating the Grizzlies in two sets, 25-12 and, 25-15. Regarding her team’s performance, head coach Pam MacPherson was pleased with how her team finished both sets, saying, “We came off slowly but finished well in both the first and second games. I am proud of the girls for pushing through the first round.”
With the victory, the Kits earned a trip to the regional title game against No. 2 seed and regional host Trinity on Oct. 25. But the Kits were unable to have a repeat performance of last season’s regional final [beating Glenbrook North] as they fell in two sets to the Blazers, 25-16 and, 25-11, in River Forest, ending their season on a sour note. In that match, the Kits were led by Caitlin Boer, who had five kills, one block and an ace. Mary Frigo totaled five kills and Jackie Gibbons added three more for the Kits.
“Trinity played hard and found our weaknesses. My hat goes off to them,” said MacPherson regarding the match. “We came off strong but they did not let up. I think we should have made some adjustments but struggled in the high speed match in Trinity’s home gym advantage.”
The Kits finished the season with an overall record of 13-24 but despite that, MacPherson is pleased with how her team kept giving their best effort throughout the year. “Wins and losses wise it was a hard year for ETHS volleyball,” the coach said. “But the girls worked hard and worked through a lot of adversity on and off the court.”
Now that the season is finished, MacPherson feels that her team has a chance to be a great team next season. In order to get there they must continue to work hard and make progress in the offseason. “We have a lot of potential with some strong younger players. But potential remains potential if progress is not made,” said MacPherson. “I hope the girls take this club season seriously.” The coach added, “Evanston has had a culture of winning so I hope the girls do not think this past season’s record is a norm. We have to work hard to get back to where we need to be.”
If, as their coach said, the Kits can keep working hard this offseason and reach their full potential, there is no telling where they will end up at the end of the 2013 campaign.