Elgin sweeps Ike on Senior Night
“Kaitlyn is one of my absolute best friends. We’ve played together since sixth grade. Being around someone that much, all the sweat and tears you’ve been through, we just know each other really well and it translates on the court.”
ELGIN SENIOR ON WHY SHE AND FELLOW SENIOR KAITLYN HOLMGREN WORK SO WELL TOGETHER
ELGIN - On a night Elgin celebrated a highly successful group of volleyball seniors, its two best upperclassmen made sure there was no spoiler.
Jentry Holt and Kaitlyn Holmgren had 16 kills apiece for the Class 5A No. 4 Owls, sparking comebacks in two sets of a 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 sweep Tuesday over seventh-ranked Eisenhower in Elgin.
"A lot of times we don't even look at the score. Regardless of the score we try to play together. If this was going to be our last game on this court, we wanted it to be fun," said Holt, part of an Elgin senior class that has gone 104-20 in the past four years with a state title in 2012 and runner-up finish in 2013.
Elgin has made a habit of comebacks lately, it appears.
"They like to play when they're behind," Elgin coach Brittain Meyer said. "I don't know why, but that's when they like playing. It's just where they're comfortable."
Added Holt: "I guess it has to sink into our mind that the match is almost over before we get it all together."
After coming from behind to take a one-set lead, Elgin rallied from a 24-20 deficit in the second, getting a big kill from Holmgren down the stretch, and a controversial ace from Bailey DeFillipo on what would've been set point for Ike.
Fillipo's ball appeared to hit the line judge standing out of bounds on the feet. Officials ruled the ball bounced inbounds before making contact, tying the set at 24-24. Ike never recovered, handing Elgin the next two points by losing balls out of bounds.