Sports will be unpredictable, but Latest Trier and Glenbrook South took that to latest heights in a sectional showdown Wednesday evening.
The twists and turns kept everyone guessing, from the raucous crowd to the stressed-out coaches.
“We thought we won or lost multiple times during that match,” Trevs coach Hannah Hsieh said. “It was fun. We will certainly remember this game.”
The quick classic could only produce one victor, nevertheless, and that honor went to Latest Trier, which erased a seven-point third-set deficit to capture the sectional championship with an exhausting 26-24, 24-26, 27-25 win on Nov. 1 in Glenview.
Latest Trier’s (left to right) Lauren Cortina, Alex Belak and Ana Vetter have a good time some extent throughout the three-set victory.
In each set, the team that built a considerable advantage went on to lose. Within the decisive set, the Titans grabbed a 16-9 lead before the Trevians stormed back, tying the sport at 19-19. But GBS broke away again to achieve match point with a two-point lead, 24-22.
Latest Trier had a final surge left, nevertheless. A KitKat McGregor kill and three Titans errors accomplished the Trevians’ comeback victory.
“It feels insane. Obviously that’s just like the craziest win we’ve ever had,” McGregor said. “I didn’t even need to take into consideration how that would have been our last game. I just desired to think keep the smile on our face and just win. And I feel amazing about it. It was definitely our greatest game.”
McGregor, a junior outside hitter, stepped up throughout the drama, tallying 5 of her 6 kills in the ultimate set. Fellow junior Emma McHatton was there together with her, smacking 4 kills within the third set.
Before her two most clutch kills, McGregor also had two hitting errors. But senior setter Jenny Perkins wasn’t enthusiastic about that.
“I do know all of them can swing it,” Perkins said of the Trevians attackers. “Sometimes you might have a little bit of an off swing, but I do know they’ll all get it in. I trust them.”
KitKat McGregor takes an offspeed approach to a swing against Glenbrook South.
Perkins dished out 7 of her 14 assists within the third set, and added 3 kills and an ace. Her fellow senior setter, Alex Belak, added 13 assists within the match.
Loads of Trevians contributed to the special night, but none greater than star Ana Vetter (match-high 18 kills). The Wake Forest commit carried Latest Trier to an opening-set win that saw the Trevians down 17-10 at one point.
The Trevs clawed their way back into the sport but were still down 23-20 late. A degree later, her team down 23-21, Vetter kills ended 4 of the subsequent five points handy Latest Trier the 26-24 win.
Within the second set, Latest Trier bounded out to a pleasant lead, 16-12, near the midway point. The Titans fought back. GBS middle Caroline Crawford smashed 5 of her 13 kills within the set, helping her team escape a 24-23 deficit to force a 3rd set.
Crawford was at it again within the third set as GBS took the sizable advantage, however the Trevians well-rounded offense — McGregor, McHatten and Vetter combining for 13 kills within the set — was a think about the dramatic ending.
“That’s the character of this team. We have now strong senior leadership that desires it and the ladies love one another they usually need to do it for one another,” Hsieh said. “I feel that could be a huge difference when you might have girls who need to play for one another and seniors who don’t want their seasons to finish.
“That was a whole team effort. That they had moments of great play, we had moments of great play — and never. I’m just so happy with them for the fight.”
Setter Jenny Perkins sets up one among her hitters on her strategy to 14 assists.
The victory was Latest Trier’s 14th in a row, and it was the Trevs (28-6) first three-set match since Oct. 6, a span of 10 matches.
Latest Trier earned its first sectional championship since 2017 and moves on to play potent Benet Academy (37-2) within the Bartlett Super-sectional at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. The Redwings placed second in IHSA Class 4A in 2022 and have six more state trophies, including 4 championships, since 2011.