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Familiarity and scouting paid off for Allen Park Cabrini on Thursday night against Catholic League rival Madison Heights Bishop Foley. The teams were meeting for the fourth time this year. The Monarchs won the first two matches during league play, but the Ventures knocked off Cabrini in the CHSL C-D finals last month. This time around, the Monarchs had done some extra scouting, and it paid off. After dropping the first set to host Foley 25-22 on Thursday, the Monarchs reeled off three consecutive victories, in convincing fashion 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 to claim a Class C Regional championship. It marked the first regional title for the program since 2009 and with the win Cabrini advanced to the state quarterfinals to take take on host Adrian Madison on Nov. 15. Overall on Thursday night, the Monarchs seemed to anticipate where the Ventures were trying to hit, often before their hitters started to swing. And that wasn’t an accident. “It was scouting. I actually had a friend of mine who was a college coach come in, take a look at our films, look at their tendencies, where they hit,” said coach Cheryl Szczodrowski. “He did a great job for me.” It kept the Ventures from getting on a roll and the hosts ultimately spent the last three sets trying to trudge uphill and come from behind. Despite a game effort spearheaded by the play of Emilee Dover and Nina Rudnitsky, Foley just couldn’t get over the hump playing from behind in the final three sets. The Ventures opened the match strong and rode the emotional wave of a boisterous home crowd en route to their three-point win in the first set. “Definitely having the home court advantage and the student section really helps, and they were feeding off that,” said Foley Coach Megan Gignac. “We’ve done this a couple times this season where we come off this high and game two they just kind of come out flat and we just couldn’t turn it around today.” Dover finished with 14 kills while she and Rudnitsky each had 16 digs. On the other side, Szczodrowski said her team’s energy level never dipped after dropping the first set to the Ventures. “We have a habit of losing the first one and coming back,” she said. “I have only three seniors. They wanted this really badly, and they just stepped up and kept everybody up on the floor. That was one of our problems all year. If we got behind, our heads went down. We never went down. We had energy the entire match this time.” Overall, Cabrini’s balanced attack was paced in nearly equal parts by the trio of Katelyn Pinkowski, Arden Fuchs and Gabrielle Martin, as the Monarchs played a smart, tactical game all night. Despite the loss, it was a big year the Ventures, as they finished 32-4-3. Cabrini’s battle with Adrian Madison on Nov. 15 is set for 6 p.m. Madison advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central on Thursday night. The winner of the quarterfinal match will move on to the state semis two days later to take on either Brown City or Shelby.
Allen Park Cabrini downs Bishop Foley for Class C Regional championship PHOTO GALLERY
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