Parkview sweeps Westfield, earns third match with Brodhead
ORFORDVILLE--The Parkview Vikings came down with a case of the Mondays in practice.
One day later, they regrouped well enough to win a WIAA Division 3 regional volleyball match.
Parkview shook off the ugly Monday practice and early deficits in the first two games on Tuesday to sweep visiting Westfield, 25-23, 25-22, 25-12, to open postseason play.
“It was a Monday,” Vikings senior Sara Kearns said with a laugh. “But we had a good feeling today. We were trying to stay positive and play as a team again.
“It’s a good feeling to get another win on our chart.”
Parkview advances to take on Rock Valley South rival Brodhead on Thursday. The Cardinals advanced by sweeping Montello at home Tuesday night.
The Vikings rallied through some early-game scares to insure a third match against their Highway 11 rivals.
Westfield led 4-0 off the bat, but the Vikings didn’t panic. They worked their way back thanks to three of Kearns’ match-high 16 kills, and they took their first lead at 10-9. Neither team led by more than three the rest of the first game, but Parkview senior Terin Nyman put an end to the opener with a slam.
The Vikings fell behind again in the second and trailed 7-2 before finding a rhythm.
“They’ve been kind of their own worst enemy half the time,” Parkview coach Kurt Kirchenwitz said of his group. “It’s always hard to tell which team is going to show up.”
Once again, though, the team remained patient and battled back.
The Vikings took a 14-13 lead to force a Westfield timeout, then kept their foot on the gas pedal. Kearns used four kills in short order to move the lead to five points, and once again Nyman put it away.
“(The key was) talking to each other,” Kearns said. “When one person makes a mistake, it affects the whole team, so we need to make sure we bring each other up.”
Parkview never trailed in the final game.
The Vikings got a standout effort from sophomore setter Amanda Sagen, who totaled 29 assists, most of them to Kearns and sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Fitzgerald.
“For us this year, this (win) is big for them, because we’ve been up and down,” Kirchenwitz said. “We’re basically in a rebuilding year. At any given time, I have four or five sophomores on the court. So any success we can have toward the end of this year is great.
“We should match up with Brodhead, as a team. We see enough of them to know who they are.”