Minooka’s Stacey Perinar is a hitter headed to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
However, during the Indians’ first game against Plainfield East, the four-year varsity player had just three chances.
“We took a time out late (in Game 1) after we realized Stacey Perinar had three attacks,” Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher said. “She was in the back row at the time. When we’re struggling, she needs to touch the ball.”
That changed in Game 2.
Perinar had seven kills in the second game, eight on the night, during a 25-22, 25-13 Southwest Prairie Conference road win Tuesday.
The victory puts the Indians at 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the SPC.
Plainfield East led 20-17 in Game 1.
“The girls just can’t close games,” first-year Plainfield East coach Kathleen Mixan said. “It’s a mystery to me.”
Plainfield East led 20-17 and had the serve when Minooka called its second timeout of the match. Three straight Minooka points forced the hosts to call time.
It didn’t matter.
Skyler Day’s kill from Bri Marquez gave Minooka a 21-20 lead.
Haley Bowden served six straight points to give the visitors a 23-20 lead.
Kasey Schumacher’s tip kill cut it to 23-22.
However, Day and Marquez hooked up again and a hitting error on the hosts ended the match.
Perinar opened the second game with a kill and the Bengals’ defense, which was so good in Game 1, struggled in Game 2.
“We saw them Saturday, so they knew what to expect,” Hoelscher said. “I think they feel like because they beat them before, they should feel confident. But, we’re the defending conference champs and teams get up to play us. The girls just have to keep the faith. That’s what we keep telling them.”
“In Game 2, we played no defense whatsoever,” Mixan said. “That was the difference. And, we missed some serves. I think we missed five in the second game and four in the first game. When you lose by three, that’s the difference.”
Marquez finished with 16 assists.
Justine Bunn had three block kills and Gabby Bejma came up with nine digs for Plainfield East.