SCHENECTADY — Before her team completed their long comeback against Mekel Christian Academy in the fifth set on Wednesday night from an 11-point deficit, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons sophistication was reassuring outside hitter Julia Jowrowski.
She could feel the tide turning.
“I knew we were going to get out of this,” Jarowski said. “We have a chemistry that no one really has. We just know we’ve got it.”
In a wild, see-saw Western Athletic Conference girls’ volleyball match, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons dug himself out of a giant hole in the deciding fifth set.
Down 11 points, it was Julia Jawrowski’s older sister Victoria, who knocked the Knights off the mat with seven straight service points to turn the tide.
Then, it was the younger Jaworowski sister’s turn to step into the spotlight, who killed 11 of her team-high 24 during the deciding set, as Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons finished with a 30-28, 22-25, 16. Exciting, came up with the tedious. -25, 25-16, 26-24 wins.
“We’re all screaming here,” said Julia Jawrowski. “We’re going to come tomorrow without a sound.”
Victoria Jawrowski added 32 service points – including five aces – and three blocks for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (3-0 WAC, 4-0 overall), while senior setter Katherine Braun accumulated 31 digs and 28 assists.
“Katherine, that’s my personal publicity man,” said Julia Jawrowski. “She’s there for me, she knows where I want the ball and knows everything about it. When I get a kill, me and Katherine get the kill.”
The teams had played a five-setter when they met Mechiel Christian during the “Fall II” season last spring, and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons coach Bob Verhedon knew another long night on Wednesday was a possibility.
“I was very confident that we were going to play five again tonight,” Verheden said.
In a match full of twists and turns, both the teams scored extended runs to swing the momentum in their favour.
After a wild first set, Mechiel Christian (3–1, 4–1) began to take control when he turned the tide of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to level the match in the second set, on the verge. Gone. Wins with a third set win.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons forced a winner-take-all fifth set by taking a fourth-place lead, but when Mechiel Christian jumped to a 10-2 and 19-8 lead, it seemed the Knights had put all their The energy would just have been spent to reach the fifth.
“I was hoping they were going to find something,” Verhedon said. “It was a game of runs.”
Instead, Victoria Joworowski’s service run completely changed the color of the match, with a fired-up Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons squad responding as Mechiel Christian felt the effects of both the steamy gymnasium and the quaint roof that had Helped cost the Lions a couple points. During races when there are run-of-the-mill passes running away from the low catwalk.
“It is part of the home-court advantage here. We always know that you are going to lose three or four points in that catwalk every match,” said Mechiel Christian coach Kevin Islip. “It just takes you out of the game. . . . We’re not used to playing in the heat like this, our girls fell down a bit and you can see they weren’t growing the way they needed to.” Was. “
Mecheel Christian was led by 12 assists from Amelia Armao, nine aces from Rose Serdensky and 31 assists from Chloe Eckstein.
Julia Jawrowski was confident throughout the run, knowing who was on the service line for the Knights.
“I just kept thinking, ‘This is my sister,'” she said. “She’s my wonderful sister.”
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons eventually leveled the set at 20–20, and while Mechiel Christian equalized match points twice to keep things going, Julia Jowrowski’s 24th and final kill of the night finally did. Marathon match stopped.
“If she’s got her set, and she’s going downhill,” Verheden said, “it’s hard to stop.”
Set Score: 30-28, 22-25, 16-25, 25-16, 26-24. Mekiel Highlights: Armao, 12 killed; Eckstein, 31 assists; Seredensky, 9 aces. ND-BG Highlights: J. Jawrowski, 24 kills; V. Jawrowski, 32 service points, 5 aces, 3 blocks; Brawn, 28 assists, 31 digs.
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