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  • September 26th, 2019

  • 6:15 PM

  • VOLLEYBALL

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  • Mother McAuley High School

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Game Summary

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26,25

Vs.

MOTHER MCAULEY HIGH SCHOOL

24,22

No Fear: Ferris State recruit Maddie Arundel puts on a serving clinic as Marist holds off McAuley

No fear’: Ferris State recruit Maddie Arundel puts on a serving clinic as Marist holds off Mother McAuley

 
 
Marist's Maddie Arundel serves one of her five aces against Mother McAuley during a match in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
Marist's Maddie Arundel serves one of her five aces against Mother McAuley during a match in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (Gary Middendorf / Daily Southtown)
 

The serve was a beauty. It started with a majestic leap and ended with the ball sky-diving to the floor just inside the back line.

Truth be told, though, senior outside hitter Maddie Arundel wasn’t thinking about making a highlight-reel play for Marist.

“I just knew that I had to get it in there,” Arundel said. “I just wanted to put as much momentum into the ball as I could.”

If there was a turning point Tuesday night in Marist’s 26-24, 25-22 victory over host Mother McAuley, that was it.

Arundel’s clutch ace came with the RedHawks trailing 21-19 in Game 1. The Ferris State recruit had a lot more where that came from, too.

 

On her next serve, Arundel sent a wicked line drive over the net that ricocheted off a McAuley defender. Not long after, she put down a kill from the back row.

Finally, with Game 1 in overtime, she drilled another kill on a set from junior Nikki Jones to end it.

“I screamed for that ball as hard as I could,” Arundel said with a smile. “Nikki (Jones) hit me perfectly. She moves the ball around so well.”

Arundel finished with seven kills, 20 digs and five aces for Marist (15-2). Mary Clare Brusek and Camryn Hannah each had six kills and three blocks, Jones added 27 assists and Mairead Boyle made 19 digs.

Amia Owolabi had six kills and two blocks for Mother McAuley (8-6). Connie LeBel added four kills, while Emily Weber contributed eight assists and four digs and Gigi Navarrete had nine digs.

Arundel’s jump serves were her flashiest contributions, but her all-around effort helped decide the match.

Marist's Mary Clare Brusek gets a shot past the block of Mother McAuley's Abby Sarich during a match in Chicaago on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
Marist's Mary Clare Brusek gets a shot past the block of Mother McAuley's Abby Sarich during a match in Chicaago on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (Gary Middendorf / Daily Southtown)

“No fear,” Marist coach Jordan Vidovic said. “You’ve seen it before, and we’re used to it. She’s not afraid of any situation. She’s going to do what she does.

“She’s going to take risks. She’s an aggressive-minded player, and that’s never going to change. It was good to see her kind of take over there.”

The RedHawks were also able to stave off McAuley by winning the war at the net.

Brusek, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, was a standout at middle hitter. She had two critical kills as Marist rallied from an 18-12 deficit in Game 1.

“Nikki and me work on that connection at every practice,” Brusek said. “From the beginning to now, it just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see how we are later.

“This was our first huge match in front of a big crowd. We said before the start that we weren’t going to let them get in our heads. We all had each other’s backs.”

It was a quality loss for the Mighty Macs, who have been on a tear since starting the season 0-4.

“Absolutely, we played our hardest, for sure,” LeBel said. “This was a loss we can really learn from. I’m just so proud of the strides that we’ve made.

“We made a lot of changes that we needed to do. We figured it out and I think we’ll keep progressing.”