Despite battling injuries, the North Star Wolves senior girls volleyball team picked up two more wins last week.
The Wolves finished the week with a hard fought win on their home court over the visiting St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats. The Wolves took an early lead in the first set only to have the Wildcats battle back. When all was said and done, North Star won 27-25.
The roles were reversed in the second set and Villanova got off to an early lead. North Star started to mount a comeback but the Wildcats pulled away for a 25-19 victory.
North Star faced challenges in the third and deciding set but caught the momentum late in the match and pulled out a 25-22 victory.
“That was a fabulous match,” said North Star assistant coach Mary Ewer.
Ewer said from points 0-20, it is about skill but from 21-25, it's more of a mental game.
“We overcame them mentally,” she said. “It was a very good match.”
The Wolves were already without Addison Prieur due to a knee injury and now Lillian Mereszak is out for the season with a knee injury of her own, the latter getting hurt the previous week against L'Essor.“We're so shorthanded. The fact we can play at that level is a testament to the kids,” said North Star head coach Jeff Miller.
The Wolves have numerous players playing out of their regular positions due to the injuries.
“We've just got to play to our strengths and take advantage of what we do well,” said Miller. “Villanova played well too. I thought they had a good match. I was impressed with the game they played. I thought they were very solid.”
North Star were in Windsor to take on the St. Joseph Lasers last Tuesday. The Wolves won in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-9 and 25-17.
The Wolves concluded the regular season last night (Jan. 23) on the road against second place Holy Names. They start the playoffs after the exam break.
By Ron Giofu