BELVIDERE – The DeKalb girls volleyball season came to end Tuesday with a loss against Belvidere North in the regional semifinal, 25-14, 25-11.
“I think [the team] was a little disappointed,” DeKalb coach Jaime Dimaggio-Hoscheit said. “We thought we were going to put up a little more of a fight, but I think that their age and experience came out a little bit tonight. I think that is something that is cool for them to learn, and we’re excited about their future here.”
The Barbs (12-23) weathered an early run by the regional host Blue Thunder (33-3) in the first set to claw back into the game, only to falter at the end.
“They hung with them,” Dimaggio-Hoscheit said. “They scared [Belvidere North] a little bit. They were doing what they were supposed to be doing. We just couldn’t bounce back from a few errors.”
After going down 6-1 to start the first set, the Barbs responded with four points to close the lead to one point.
The Blue Thunder took back control with a four-point rally, but again the Barbs climbed back in with a five-point run of their own to tie the set at 10.
After the teams traded points, the Blue Thunder dominated with a nine-point rally that ended any chance the Barbs had of upsetting the top seed in the first set.
“We’re kind of one of those teams that we get going and if we get stuck, we’re going to get stuck for a little bit,” sophomore outside hitter Kallie Siebrasse said. “That’s one thing we really need to work on as a whole, to just move past those stops in our game.”
The second set started with both teams trading quick rallies.
The game wasn’t close for long, as the Blue Thunder pulled away with two four-point rallies after the Barbs tied the game at 4 to open up a commanding lead.
The Barbs put together a quick three-point run with the help of a Siebrasse smash to breath some life into the team.
Belvidere North quickly responded with a dominating 11-point run to end the Barbs hopes for a win and their season.
For the Barbs, Julia O’Brien had four kills, Lydia Sabanish had 12 digs, and Bella Finch had seven assists.