Loyola’s brilliant girls volleyball season ends in Class 4A supersectional

Despite the very best efforts of its very best player, the Loyola girls volleyball team could not overcome Prairie Ridge in the Class 4A Warren Supersectional on Friday night in Gurnee.

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‘They were an amazing team,’ Lopez said of the Wolves. ‘We had them at the end (of the first set), but we just couldn’t finish. And that carried over.’

The Ramblers stayed close early in the second set. With the score 10-7 in favor of the Wolves, Prairie Ridge had a 9-1 run that put the match out of reach.

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‘We put so much effort into the first set. That would have given us a lot of momentum,’ Thelander said. ‘We just had a hard time getting things going after that. Our offense was pretty strong, but we struggled defensively.’

Loyola was one win away from reaching the Class 4A state meet, which would have guaranteed the Ramblers a tie for the best finish in program history. Loyola’s best finish was fourth place in 2015.

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