When it comes to trying to explain No. 9 Good Counsel's 15-match winning streak, the conversation can get a little lengthy. In their 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference victory over visiting O'Connell last night, the Falcons displayed a wide-ranging attack that is the product of more than just a few players.
Good Counsel freshmen setter Brighid Casey serves as the foundation with a consistent passing game that allows hitters such as senior Lexi Miller and junior Jessica Emanuele to dominate up front. Toss in senior Chiara Rivas-Morello, whose defense -- as well as her cheerleading -- is infectious, and it becomes clear why Good Counsel (15-1, 14-0) is the class of the WCAC.
"We all know our roles," said Emanuele, an outside hitter who led the Falcons last night with 11 kills. "We play as hard as possible in those roles to help us win. We play like we're not undefeated [in the league] so it motivates us to do more to keep on winning."
And what player will come up big in a situation can vary from game to game. With a 24-21 lead in the first game, Miller, a middle hitter, delivered the kill that sealed the game and kept the momentum in the Falcons' favor.
With junior Lauren Minite serving at 21-17 in the second game, the Falcons broke it open on an ace and a kill each from Miller and Rivas-Morello. Miller again punctuated the game with a kill.
In the third game, Minite produced a kill and Emanuele served an ace for a 24-18 lead and, a point later, Miller capped the victory with an ace. Casey finished with 21 assists.
"I thought we were passing up well, our hitting was strong, and we were serving good as well," said Miller, who finished with eight kills. "We don't think we're a good enough team yet, and believe we can step it up more."
That's not good news for O'Connell (15-6, 11-3), which now has lost twice to Good Counsel this season, and the rest of the WCAC. The league tournament begins Nov. 2.