Morton College women’s volleyball coach Tom Malesky maintained an upbeat attitude after a 25-15, 26-24, 25-17 road loss to Waubonsee October 1 that knocked the Panthers out of the unbeaten ranks in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
“We came back and washed our shoes,” Malesky said. “We washed that loss right off and we’re going forward from there.”
Waubonsee and Moraine remained tied for first at 4-0 with Morton College (9-11 overall) and Oakton a game back at 3-1.
“Waubonsee is a nice team,” Malesky said. “They’re well-rounded and do many things well. We seemed to be a step behind sometimes. We just weren’t consistent. We made some mistakes at the wrong times.”
Malesky believed the Panthers had a chance to shift the momentum in the second set, but two unforced errors snapped a 24-all tie and led Waubonsee to victory.
“It looked like we tried to do more than we were supposed to,” Malesky said. “We had a chance to make a statement and we didn’t do that.”
Melissa Villafuerte led the Panthers with 8 kills, while Cassie Tijerina added 7 kills, 1 block and 14 digs. Yasim Lopez contributed 6 kills, 10 digs and 2 aces. Setter Samantha Rule chipped in with 28 assists, 12 digs and an ace.
The Panthers travel to Triton for a triangular match Saturday, October 5, in River Grove. On the docket are the host Trojans and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
The battle between the top two teams in Region IV swung No. 1 Lake County’s way as the Lancers defeated Morton College 4-1 October 2 in Grayslake. Karen Santos scored the Panthers, who fell to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
Morton College’s home woes continued with a 4-2 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference loss to No. 13 Waubonsee October 1 in Cicero. The Panthers (7-5-1 overall, 2-3-1 in the Illinois Skyway) fell to 0-4 at home.