Three things the Southtown Star learned

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1. Momentum is crazy. How in the world could Lincoln-Way East, after taking Lincoln-Way Central to the limit Thursday in Set 1, forget how to serve-receive in Set 2 and lose 25-9? How can Stagg lose to Providence in Set 3 by the same score after being the Celts 27-25 in what had to be a thrilling Set 1? Volleyball is the most difficult sport to predict.

2. They’re not going away. That would be the T.F. South Rebels (16-1), who powered and blocked their way past Providence in the title match Saturday at Oak Lawn. Brianna Lilly, Jenna Pasko, Leah Lagestee and Crystal were so dominant at the net it seemed to drive the Celtics hitters to distraction. If the Rebels get by Lemont on Tuesday, the South Suburban Blue crown awaits.

3. Macs can serve. And there seemingly isn’t anything opposing teams can do to stop them. The numbers simply are astonishing at Mother McAuley, where the Mighty Macs (10-1), through their first 11 matches, have 72 aces. Their leader is jump-server Ryann DeJarld with 25, while Carla Cahill has 11, Courtney Joyce eight, Kennedy Arundel seven and Caeley Hynes six.

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