Jeff Vorva’s Extra Point: What the hex with Marist?
Photo by Jeff Vorva
Marist players get a little TV time in the ASICS Challenge on Saturday.
I hear Marist has a pretty good girls volleyball team.
I don’t see it.
Literally…I have not seen it.
I generally don’t believe in hexes or jinxes or any of that stuff.
But this whole Marist-can’t-play-very-good-volleyball-when-Vorva-is-in-the-gym is something that has me scratching my head.
I have seen this team – and many other Marist sports teams – come up with terrific victories in past years so I can safely say I am no jinx to the program. I have seen a lot more Marist wins than Marist losses.
But so far, I am missing the best of Marist girls volleyball in 2017.
It’s a small sample size, but here’s what I have:
— Marist won 23 of its first 24 matches and I was in the gym when the RedHawks lost their lone match in that span on the road to Mother McAuley. OK, that happens. McAuley is a defending national champion and has a seven-game winning streak over Marist and I’m not taking responsibility for that.
–On Saturday at the ASICS Tournament at McAuley, I shot a few photos of the RedHawks in the quarterfinals against Downers Grove North and they started the match off awfully, getting down 5-1. I got a few shots and moved on but they were losing when I left. They ended up beating North 25-15, 25-23 after I left. What the hex? I mean, what the heck?
–While I was shooting the St. Xavier/Taylor University football game later on, the RedHawks shocked top-seeded Assumption of Kentucky, 25-16, 25-20. Assumption, ranked first and then second in the nation in the previous two USA Today polls, looked like adults against kids in some of the earlier matches and appeared to be on another level than the 23 other squads in this talent-packed tournament.
Yet, there was Marist knocking this powerhouse out in two sets.
–So, it’s back to the McAuley gym for me – and my camera – for the title battle against Joliet Catholic Academy.
Now, I had a prior engagement that I had to attend (yes, sports editors do have a life outside out sports, believe it or not) and I only had time to shoot the first set.
Well, this RedHawks team that just took down one of the best teams in the country was playing sub-par volleyball and dropped a 25-18 set to their East Suburban Catholic Conference rivals.
At that point, the teams switched benches and I told a couple of my sports writing peers “Enjoy the Marist comeback when I leave.’’
Well, a couple of my sports writing peers, and a bunch of RedHawks fans, enjoyed the Marist comeback after I left.
Marist won the second game 25-13. Then, the RedHawks got out of a couple of big holes in the third set and won in dramatic fashion 26-24.
It appears the RedHawks can do anything – as long as I’m not around to see it.
I jokingly should have Marist fans and parents take up a collection during the postseason just to keep me away. Then I could donate the cash for hurricane victims.
Anyway, I think the RedHawks will be fine. If they can handle the high-flying jumping oak trees from Assumption, they should be able to handle an out-of-shape sports editor.