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Schaumburg produces strong finish to finish Palatine
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Staff

Schaumburg's girls volleyball team celebrates during a timeout against Palatine.

 

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Jenny Solberg of Palatine tries for a save during Palatine at Schaumburg girls volleyball.

 

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Schaumburg coach Jeanette Pancratz during Palatine at Schaumburg girls volleyball.

 

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Palatine's Kaley Sierawski with teammate Sydney Wiedemann during Palatine at Schaumburg girls volleyball.

 

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Schaumburg coach Jeanette Pancratz high-fiving Courtney Ugel before Palatine at Schaumburg girls volleyball.

 

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Emily Young of Schaumburg celebrating during Palatine at Schaumburg girls volleyball.

 

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Published: 9/30/2009 11:14 PM

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Schaumburg produced on one of its best finishes, if not the best, in a Game 3 all season to pull out a 17-25, 25-20, 25-14 victory Wednesday over visiting Palatine.

The Saxons were in a back-and-forth battle and tied 13-13 in the decisive game when they scored 12 of the next 13 points to claim the Mid-Suburban West triumph.

Stepping into the spotlight in the big Game 3 rally was sophomore Alyssa Saklak.

After scoring points on a couple of double blocks by junior Emily Young and sophomore Bria Hailey helped push the Saxons in front 18-14, Saklak stepped to the service line.

The 5-foot-9 outside wouldn't leave until the match was over.

Saklak served 7 straight points, including a pair of aces, to give Schaumburg (7-12) its third win in 7 league matches.

"Once we got to 20, I thought we could push to the end and finish it," said Saklak, who also put down a match-high 9 kills. "We had no unforced errors there at the end, and we just felt real confident."

Young added 8 kills for the Saxons along with 5 blocks while senior Jenny Dolan came up with 3 digs.

"It was the first time where we really finished strong like that," Dolan said. "We were just working together and trusting each other. It was pretty exciting because we put everything that we had been working on all season together at the end."

The versatile Young also handed out 12 assists while junior Ashlee Norris contributed 10.

Saklak ended up 12-of-13 serving.

"That was tough serving there at the end by Alyssa," said Schaumburg coach Jeanette Pancratz. "All our girls are capable of playing with that intensity they showed at the end. And it was Alyssa's night serving. Ashlee Norris did a nice job. We are excited. We played with a lot of energy and we played aggressively throughout the match."

Palatine (8-12, 3-4) was led on attack by senior Hannah Guth (8 kills), junior Kaley Sierawski (6 kills) and senior Jenny Solberg (3 kills), who had 11 assists while sophomore Laura Kluk added 8.

Senior Kelli Starrenburg contributed 16 digs while Guth had 8 and Sierawski 7.

"This has been the story of our whole season," said Pirates coach Dan Gavin. "We have highs when we're all clicking on the same page, and then we have the lows where something goes wrong, and then everyone starts shying away from the ball.

"If we are going to be the team I know we can be, we've got to get mentally tough and we have to respond better to these situations."