Delgado, Silas help women’s volleyball take Skyway opener against Elgin

Alma Delgado's ability to calmly stare down game point numerous times in the critical third set of Morton College's Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference women's volleyball match against Elgin swung matters the Panthers' way September 11 at the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium in Cicero.

The Panthers faced deficits of 20-12 and 24-17, but rallied to win and closed out Elgin 25-14, 21-25, 26-24, 25-12. Morton College pulled to 24-21 and forced Elgin to call a time out. Morton College coach Tom Malesky brought in Delgado to serve and she completed the comeback.

"There was a lot of pressure on Alma," Malesky said. "With rally scoring, one mistake and it's all over. It was a real character builder for Alma and the rest of the team as well. It was good to see us take a step forward like that."

Morton College (4-8, 1-0 in the Illinois Skyway) also received a sensational performance from sophomore Patrice Silas, who was all over the court with 13 kills, 11 digs and an off-the-charts  .433 hitting percentage. Melissa Villafuerte led the Panthers with 15 kills, while Cassie Tijerina added five kills and an ace and Samantha Rule, 34 assists.

"Patrice had the game of her life," Malesky said. "She was all over the place."

September 11th was one of the warmest on record, yet the Panthers were able to handle the heat.

"It was hot, but the girls were pumped," Malesky said. "We definitely had a home-court advantage. We played with a whole lot of character."

The following day, Morton College faced Kankakee for the fourth time since August 30th. The Panthers fell to 0-4 on the season against Kankakee in a 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 road loss. Villafuerte had six kills and Tijerina, four.

"We didn't play as well as we did the day before against Elgin," Malesky said.

Morton College heads to Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday, September 14.

Alma Delgado’s ability to calmly stare down game point numerous times in the critical third set of Morton College’s Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference women’s volleyball match against Elgin swung matters the Panthers’ way September 11 at the Henry J. Vais Gymnasium in Cicero.

The Panthers faced deficits of 20-12 and 24-17, but rallied to win and closed out Elgin 25-14, 21-25, 26-24, 25-12. Morton College pulled to 24-21 and forced Elgin to call a time out. Morton College coach Tom Malesky brought in Delgado to serve and she completed the comeback.

“There was a lot of pressure on Alma,” Malesky said. “With rally scoring, one mistake and it’s all over. It was a real character builder for Alma and the rest of the team as well. It was good to see us take a step forward like that.”

Morton College (4-8, 1-0 in the Illinois Skyway) also received a sensational performance from sophomore Patrice Silas, who was all over the court with 13 kills, 11 digs and an off-the-charts .433 hitting percentage. Melissa Villafuerte led the Panthers with 15 kills, while Cassie Tijerina added five kills and an ace and Samantha Rule, 34 assists.

“Patrice had the game of her life,” Malesky said. “She was all over the place.”

September 11th was one of the warmest on record, yet the Panthers were able to handle the heat.

“It was hot, but the girls were pumped,” Malesky said. “We definitely had a home-court advantage. We played with a whole lot of character.”

The following day, Morton College faced Kankakee for the fourth time since August 30th. The Panthers fell to 0-4 on the season against Kankakee in a 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 road loss. Villafuerte had six kills and Tijerina, four.

“We didn’t play as well as we did the day before against Elgin,” Malesky said.

Morton College heads to Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday, September 14.