Girls volleyball swats down rival Barrington

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Graphic by Suzie Sun

Nikhil Sriram, Contributing Sports Writer

With the entire team playing well offensively and defensively, girls volleyball dominated Barrington in a two sets to none win on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The team’s record improved to 13-7, breaking away in the standings from the Broncos. Now they are only in a two-way tie for first place in conference with Palatine.  

The Vikings took a 16-10 lead in the first set. A strong Barrington team threatened to come back, but Fremd was resilient and finished the first set out 25-23.

Senior hitter Bailey Hooker attributes their success to the team’s focus on themselves instead of the opponent.

“When the other team scored a few points, we didn’t let it mess with our game,” Hooker said.

The team carried this energy into the second set and were in control the rest of the way. The girls easily won the second set 25-15 and took the game in a great showing of teamwork.

Junior Jessica Rizzo finished out both sets with the final point, and she led Fremd with six kills. Rizzo had three of these kills at the end of the second set to prevent any sort of comeback from the Broncos and win the game for the Vikings.

Senior setter Natalie Freund was pleased at how well the team was able to work together.

“Teamwork was a big part of the win,” Freund said. “No matter who coach puts in, we can work well on the court. We know each person’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Curtis Pinley, now in his 19th season coaching the girls, thought the team’s execution and focus was very impressive.

“We were very consistent,” Pinley said. “We made very few errors, and we played aggressive.”

Hooker thought that they could use the momentum from this win into their upcoming games.

“Since this was such a big win, we can remember it and try to recreate it against Palatine,” Hooker said.

The Vikings won out on their way to becoming conference champions, beating Palatine on Oct. 13 in their final MSL West conference game.
The girls now have to prepare for the MSL championship game on Thursday, Oct. 20 against Hersey.