Holsen reaches 1,000 kills in Stevenson’s victory

‘Big Show’ was a four-star show Monday night in the Palatine.

Senior Amanda Holsen, a recruit from Columbia University, put down a match-high 13 kills, just enough to reach the 1,000 mark for her career as the Patriots dropped host Pirates 25-19, 25-14 in the nonconference match for their 14th. victory in 15 matches.

Holsens 1,000. kill came on matchpoint.

“I called her ‘Big Show’ ever since she was a beginner because I knew Amanda would be the show after Jori (Radtke, Stevenson’s all-time killer leader who graduated five years ago with 1,311 kills and then ended up at Clemson) “Stevenson said coach Tim Crow.

“Jori helped lead our third place team (Class 4A in 2016) and I knew Amanda would be the next big thing for it. What’s great is that Amanda only had 9 kills as a rookie, then 471 as a sophomore. , 225 in the shortened COVID-19 season (15 matches) and now 314 this season. “

Also amazing is that Radtke also had the exact same number of kills (9) as a novice.

“I played sparingly as a beginner,” said Holsen, whose father Stan stands 6-foot-8 and played lineman on the Northwestern and Maine South football teams.

“My goal back then was to be the best I could be, but as soon as I hit my step like a sophomore, I said 1,000 kills is what I want. So I just tried the light out to get there. I really wanted to by the end of this season. I was glad I could get it done with this special group of girls. “

“We all tried to get her as many sets as we could to make it happen, and it did, so it’s really exciting,” said classmate Michelle Gonchar. “We all count on her every day. She gets the job done and we are so grateful for that.”

The first set was leveled at 5, 6 and 7 before the Patriots took the lead too well on a service error from the hosts.

Two aces by Abby Minin (12 assists), one foul and 2 points (block and one kill) by Gonchar made it 13-7 before Lyana Rivera’s first of 4 kills.

Pats got the lead back to 17-12 on a kill by Holsen, but Palatine came back to within 17-14 on a kill by Mia Hanson (5 kills) and ace from Erin McGinn (2 kills).

Stevenson then kept the Pirates in check and scored the hosts 8-5 the rest of the way. The Bayarmaa Bat Earths (6 digs) earned three straight points, including an ace to give the Pats a 24-17 lead. An ace by Maya Szafraniec and a kill by Gabby Storelli (2 kills) made it 24-19 before the set ended with a service error.

Stevenson provided a 12-10 lead in the second set as Mija Jegers (7 diggers) earned the Pats a 15-10 lead. During the rally, the Pats got a kill by Faith Cozzi (5 kills), blocked by Gonchar and a powerful kill to the center of Holsen. Pats shut out the set on a 10-4 run.

Brynn Smith had 2 kills and Lilli Wangard handed out 8 assists to the winners.

“Stevenson is always a solid team,” said Palatine coach Dan Gavin. “They are experienced and athletic and they have played (16-7) a whole lot more matches than us (2-9). We are going through some growing pains right now.

“She (Holsen) is a great player. She is very physical and athletic. She is smart and blocks well. She is exactly the kind of hit that we as a team must learn to take a better approach to stopping.”

Gavin felt Hanson had a good fight offensively for his team.

“She goes up and starts finishing more plays for us,” Gavin said. “And the more we get Lyana (Rivera) involved, the better she looks. I thought she did some really nice things.”


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