Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Celtics Top Blues for League Title More to Point: Mostly-Dominic Team Defeats Mostly-Duchesne Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Celtics Top Blues for League Title More to Point: Mostly-Dominic Team Defeats Mostly-Duchesne Team

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It was only a summer volleyball league championship. But Friday's title match at the St. Charles Boys and Girls Club seemed to have some added intensity.

Then again, it was St. Dominic versus Duchesne.

"They're our big rivals; we really get up for games against one another," said Lyn Schenk, a sophomore-to-be from St. Dominic. "All summer, we knew our toughest games would be against the team from Duchesne. It was tough, but I think it meant more to us that we were able to knock them off for the title."

The Celtics, made up mainly of players from St. Dominic, beat the Blues, which included many of Duchesne's top players, in the title match of the High School Girls Summer Volleyball League at the Boys and Girls Club Friday. The scores were 15-8, 9-15 and 15-9.

In the third-place match Friday, the Rockets beat the Stars in three sets.

Schenk, the captain of the Celtics, felt the key to her team's victory was teamwork.

"We've played a lot together and there's a good chemistry on this team," she said. "We all know what needs to be done and we're real good about working together. We really didn't have a setter Friday, so we all took turns playing the different spots. I think it worked out pretty well."

The Celtics, who finished 21-3 to win the regular-season summer league championship, started slowly in each of the first two games Friday.

After falling behind 5-0, the Celtics came back to pull even at 7-all. They ended up scoring the game's final seven points for the 15-8 victory.

"We've had a tendency to fall behind early," said Schenk. "But we don't let it bother us. We pulled together as a team and battled our way back."

But in the second game, the Celtics weren't quite as fortunate. The Blues, who finished 15-9 during the regular season, raced to a 6-0 lead, only to see the Celtics pull even at 6-6.

But this time, the Blues responded. They scored eight consecutive points to go up 12-6 and then finished strong, scoring the game's last four points in a 15-9 victory. …

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