Volleyball: Foran, Jonathan Law skill level high

Foran High defeated Jonathan Law, 3-0, in girls volleyball on Monday night.

Coach Julie Johnson’s Lions won the first two games, 25-17, 25-13.

Coach Stacy Loch’s Eagles made sure the large crowd on hand at the Edna Fraser Gymnasium had something to stay seated for in the third game.

Foran took a 21-13 lead in the third set before Angela Sciuto stepped to the service stripe and served 12 straight winners.

Hard-fought sideouts marked the rest of the way, with the Lions looking to close it out and the Eagles trying to extend the match.

Katherine Kiernan served the final point to give Foran a 30-28 decision.

“Law did a good job keeping its energy up,” Johnson said of her team, now 2-1. “I tell my team to go after the next point and they did a good job of doing that.”

Foran’s Lauren Notholt had 11 kills and 18 assists. Kiernan had 10 kills. Alyssa Deptulski had 13 digs and four aces.

“They turned it on in that third game,” Loch said of her team, playing in its first match of the season. “It was incredible. I was very proud.”

Law’s Stephanie Felag had seven kills. Cassidy Boath had 12 digs and was 9-for-9 serving. Sciuto had five kills and 10 digs.

Foran took a 10-7 lead in game one after one service rotation.

Deptulski had a three-point run with Viktoria Notholt coming up with a block and a kill. A junior, Deptulski had the key stay from the stripe in the second rotation, notching four winners for a 17-9 advantage.

Law couldn’t put points together on serve and fell 25-17.

Foran’s Caitlyn Parisi proved to be a tough defender and accurate server.

Olivia Ouellette, Samantha Pierpont, Britney Lynch and Samantha O’Neil provided depth in the back row.

Lily Muir, Amanda Mendillo and Leah Teller also played well up front for the Lions, with junior Erin Suech coming on as a setter to allow Lauren Notholt’s move to hitter.

“Lauren is our All-Division setter from last year,” Johnson said of her senior. “But she is also a talented hitter and that gives us options. Erin is doing a great job and getting experience.”

Law senior Kristin Frank did the setting for the Eagles, with Boath a standout at libero.

Shawna Winters, Sciuto, Victoria Contaxis and Colleen Goodwin were versatile hitters and defenders. Natalie Wright came on to spark the back row.

Parisi had two aces to lead Foran to a 5-1 lead in game two.

Law stayed close with Frank and Boath posting double winners.

Mendillo answered with a pair of winners — a Lauren Notholt kill and a Viktoria Notholt tip over block.

Frank won a point at the net, but Foran took a 16-10 lead into the second rotation.

Winters and Felag earned quick side outs before Teller’s block made it 18-12.

Deptulski, who had three winners her first trip in the set, closed out the game with a six-point stay for a 25-13 win.

Lauren Notholt opened the third game with two winners, including an ace.

Deptulski took the score to 7-2 with another ace in a four-point run, before Law slowly began its comeback.

Sciuto saved a point on the sideline and Felag bumped the ball into the far corner for a side out.

Wright had a great dig, but Viktoria Notholt scored off a block.

Goodwin drilled a point for Law, but Lauren Notholt changed things up with a kill down the sideline and Foran led 11-5.

Goodwin served two winners, both off points from Felag

Parisi had a three-point run, including an ace, and Sydney Ellis set Kiernan for another kill and an 18-10 advantage. Ellis’ backset to Kiernan off a pass from O’Neill led to a side out.

Boath had another save that led to a Sciuto point and sent the senior to the service stripe.

Sciuto had two aces and Winters a block and a kill to lead Foran into a timeout at 21-20.

Goodwin and Frank had net saves to give Law a 22-21 lead. After a second Lion timeout, it was Boath and Contaxis making plays leading to a Foran hitting error and a 23-21 advantage.

Foran got the serve back to end the 12-point run after a Viktoria Notholt spike led to a hitting error.

Catherine Weed came off the bench for the Lions to serve an ace and tie things at 23.

After a hitting error for a side out, Contaxis served two winner to make it 25-24 but on game/match point a wide spike gave Foran back the serve.

A trade of side out mishits put the score at 27-26 Foran, before Felag’s spike caught the back line for a  kill.

Two long rallies ensued, with first Kiernan and then Sciuto gaining points for their respective teams. Kiernan then served the final point.

“In the first two games, the girls as a team agreed was not the way we play,” Loch said. “They were frustrated with those two games and decided to do what we can do in the third game.”