Marist High School's girls' volleyball program clinched its first IHSA 4A state title in a thrilling match against Minooka High School (22-25, 25-22, 25-15) on Saturday, November 11. Marist defeated Crystal Lake Central High School in two games in Friday night's semifinal.
It was the second time Marist and Minooka met during the season, with the first match in the opening week of play also extending to three games and ending in the RedHawks' favor.
Marist clinched the trip to state with a win over Mother McAuley (25-21, 25-16) on Friday, November 3 in the supersectional match. Before that, the RedHawks defeated Bloom High School and Lemont High School to win the regional. They went on to defeat Lincoln-Way East High School and Marian Catholic High School to capture the sectional title. They won three national tournaments during the season and captured the ESCC title. Varsity ended its season with a 41-1 record.
Coach Jordan Vidovic, ESCC Coach of the Year, credited the resilience of the girls. They faced three-set matches 11 times during the season and won all of them. During a welcome home celebration at the school on Sunday, November 12, Vidovic also extended thanks to his coaching staff, the program parents, and school administrators.
The future is bright for Marist girls' volleyball. Both the freshman and sophomore teams captured the conference title, and the sophomores went undefeated for the second season.
The state title is the third first place IHSA state trophy for a Marist girls' team with softball capturing the top prize in 2012 and 2015. Additionally, cheerleading won state through the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association before it was an IHSA sport. Volleyball, basketball, softball, and cheerleading have also garnered third and fourth place state trophies in previous seasons.
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