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Indians snap back to beat Panthers

The Southwest Prairie Conference volleyball teams know nothing is a sure thing on any given night.

On Tuesday, Minooka lost to Plainfield East in devastating fashion, only to bounce back at home Thursday and defeat Oswego by a 25-17, 25-18 score.

“We knew that we had to pick it up [Thursday] because the last two games we haven’t been playing the greatest,” Minooka junior middle hitter Jessica Karalow said.

“I think we had a lot better vibe [Thursday]. We also came out with a lot more energy,” Minooka senior outside hitter Skyler Day said. “That was big, especially after our loss on Tuesday. We knew we had to come out with a lot more energy and we did.”

Minooka still is in sole possession of second place at this point, but Tuesday’s loss was not acceptable to Indians coach Chris Hoelscher.

“They played very well and we did not. Plainfield deserved it. We did not play well and I think the girls were embarrassed,” she said. “They know that they are capable of so much more. It was a wake-up call and [Thursday] they decided to do something about it.”

So what was the blip all about?

“I think every team at some point has problems,” Karalow said. “We have been having a bit of communication errors but I think we solved it [Thursday] … the big thing is that we know we need to communicate better with each other.”

“I think a lot of it was communication. We were off and not a lot of us were talking last game,” Day said. “But we really stepped it up [Thursday]. Everyone was talking and that helps to make it a better game.”

Hoelscher is thinking along those exact same lines.

“We weren’t communicating there for a while,” she said. “There wasn’t much flow, there wasn’t much chemistry but they worked together really well [Thursday] and they talked. They also played with a smile on their faces [Thursday] and won.”

In the contest, Kelly Clucas had 13 assists and three digs; Megan Bauer had nine assists; Natalie Yard had five digs and three aces; Day had six kills; Brenna Perinar five kills and four blocks; Ginger Perinar nine kills; Cynthia Ley two kills and three blocks and Karalow two kills.

In addition to Thursday’s win, the Indians helped raise money for the Hits for Hugs organization.

“I think it definitely was a success,” Karalow said. “We definitely came together as a team and we played good tonight. I’m very proud of the team.”

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