Ursuline Academy swept Northlake Christian 25-13, 25-21, 25-20 at home Monday to improve to 16-6 on the season.
Lauren Bagneris led with 21 assists, while Brianna McKay and Katherine Meiklejohn combined for 21 kills, Jessica Addvensky had three blocks, Macie Grubbs 28 digs and Rhonda Wilson three aces.
Ursuline took the first game without much trouble, but Northlake came out strong in the second game.
The Wolverines took a brief 7-5 lead before Ursuline rattled off a few points in a row, but Northlake hung with them the rest of the way before the Lions scored the final three points to win game two 25-21.
“(Northlake) pulled us out of our system,” Ursuline coach Jay Jay Juan said. “They were able to get good sequential spikes across the net, and we couldn’t control our first ball contact.”
The third game started out in similar fashion before Ursuline was able to put some distance between themselves and Northlake. The Wolverines did not go out without a fight and managed to put together a small rally by scoring five points in a row before Ursuline completed the sweep.
“We always focus on defense and strong serves, and in the second and third games our serves weren’t as aggressive,” Bagneris said. “We need to focus on that more. ...I think more games will become easier for us if we keep clicking together on defense and serve receive.”