Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic volleyball coach Bob Kasun couldn't say enough about the student support his Lady Marauders received Tuesday night.
Kasun actually said the fan support "helped make the difference tonight."
The Marauder faithful - particularly the student section - stood and cheered most of the night, helping spur their team to victory in one of the area's highest profile matchups of the season.
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
Bishop Carroll’s Hayley Holsberger goes up for a block of Bishop Guilfoyle’s Jennifer Patterson on Tuesday night.
"I've never seen an atmosphere like this here for volleyball," Kasun said.
Matched against Bishop Carroll, the state's top-ranked Class A girls volleyball team, Guilfoyle, rated No. 4, rallied to win a five-set thriller at the Pleasant Valley gym.
BG won the first game, 31-29, but Carroll rallied to take the next two, 25-23, and 25-17 behind the standout play of middle hitters Sarah Gomish and Hayley Holsberger and setter Janelle Gueguen.
The Lady Marauders regrouped, though, and took the fourth set, 25-17, by outscoring the Lady Huskies, 13-7, down the stretch. That set the stage for the deciding fifth set and the Marauders dominated, 15-5.
Kasun credited "a team effort" but said "our two all-state players - Annie Dombrowski and Logan McIntosh - were the difference."
Middle hitter Dombrowski registered 21 kills, 22 digs, eight service points, three assists and one block while libero McIntosh had 31 digs against the Carroll offense.
Kasun said Dombrowski gathered her teammates prior to the fifth set for a pep talk, breaking the game into three segments.
"I just said you win to five [points], then you win to 10 and then you win to 15," Dombrowski said, "and we did."
Besides Dombrowski and McIntosh, the Lady Marauders got an incredible 60 assists from Brynee Baughman.
"I've never seen a BG player get that many," Kasun said while scanning the stat sheet after the game.
Carroll coach Joe Skura noted: "We thought this was the year we could come here and win, but I'd rather lose tonight on Oct. 1, than later in the year or in the playoffs."
As in the past, Skura said his team made too many mistakes against Guilfoyle.
"Guilfoyle has a fine program but we just didn't play our best game," Skura said. "We knew what they were going to do, but ..."
Skura called two timeouts in the fifth game, but couldn't stop the bleeding as Guilfoyle scored the final nine points en route to the 15-5 win.
Kasun was happy with the Laurel Highlands Conference victory but noted his Marauders must travel to Carroll later in the month.
"It will be the same kind of atmosphere up there," Kasun said. "They have terrific fan support, too.
"Actually we'll play them at least two more times," Kasun said. "Besides the rematch up there, we'll see them in the district playoffs, and, there's a possibility we could see them in the state playoffs, too."
BISHOP GUILFOYLE STATISTICS
SERVICE POINTS: Griffin 14, Welteroth 12, Baughman 10, Dombrowski 8, Hicks 6, McIntosh 3.
KILLS: Dombrowski 21, Welteroth 12, Patterson 12, Johnsonbaugh 8, Hicks 5, Baughman 4, O'Leary 4, McIntosh 1.
DIGS: McIntosh 31, Welteroth 26, Dombrowski 22, Baughman 13, Rasmussen 6, Patterson 4, Hicks 3, Griffin 3, Johnsonbaugh 2, O'Leary 2, Kiser 1.
ASSISTS: Baughman 60, Dombrowski 3, McInosh 3, Welteroth 1.
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (11-0); Bishop Carroll (10-1).
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 25-19, 25-13 (Record: 11-0).