The Better “North”
By Sasha Aristizabal
On Oct. 22, Northside’s Women’s Volleyball team had its regional finals against North Grand. Throughout the entire day, the volleyball team showed no fear and was sure that the win would come easy. Although the game was late and began at 6 pm, several students and parents showed up to support the Lady Mustangs. Due to IHSA regulations, many students such as Yale Kolin were kicked out for not paying the five dollar admission fee. As people started to leave instead of paying the price, the team showed no shakiness and remained confident that they were going to win. Even from the stands, you could tell how excited Northside was for the game. The team had high energy throughout their warm-ups and focused on communicating with each other.
The game started with Esther Huescas (Adv. 911), Caroline Merck (Adv. 901), Sarah Buttita (Adv. 000), Melissa Suarez (Adv. 906), Lily Root (Adv. 002), and Abbie Smith (Adv. 902) on the court. North Grand showed confidence but appeared like the weaker team. At first, North Grand was shown as a good competitor but Northside quickly began to dominate. North Grand was up for the first few minutes of the match, confusing everyone watching. As the match continued, it was more than evident that Northside would dominate. Northside won the first set 25 to 9, showing no mercy. The team worked well together, communicating both on the court and the sidelines. There was rarely any silence as the team either encouraged each other or were calling out for the ball. It looked like an easy win for the Lady Mustangs. Only one more match win was needed before they would move on to regional semi-finals.
Even with the lead in the first set, Northside remained focused, not willing to make any mistakes that they have may regretted later. The team remained cheerful even with the 8-6 score in the second set. With such a close score, the team managed to keep up the good work and put North Grand in their place. The Mustangs eventually got to 19-7, showing North Grand that NCP was not a team to mess with. The team stayed strong throughout the second half, winning 25-8. Northside demolished North Grand without a sweat and made its future competitors nervous. Northside’s Women’s Volleyball Team started out their regional with an easy win. Going against North Grand, Northside showed no mercy at all and dominated the entire game. With barely any slip-ups, Northside is a huge competitor in their regional playoffs. When asked about the game, Merck said, “I am so proud of how far we have come this season. Over the past couple of years, Northside volleyball has lost some great seniors, but we always manage to bounce back and bring our A-game to every match. This win means so much to us because we had so much fun on the court together and we can continue our season another game. I wish my NCPVB career would never end.”
Unfortunately, despite their dominance against North Grand, the Lady Mustang’s season came to a quick end the next day. Northside had its regional semi-finals against Montini and were defeated. Montini has been known to be state champions, but Northside put up a strong fight. Although the Mustangs knew that it was more than likely that they were not going to win, they gave it their all to end the season on a high note.