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Baldwin girls volleyball team finishes regular season with a bang

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The senior members of the Baldwin girls' volleyball team this season were, from left, Tori Johnston, Rachel Baldinger, Katie Lachut and Lindsey Kozel.

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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

They did, indeed, save their best performance for last.

The Baldwin girls' varsity volleyball team knocked off previously undefeated Bethel Park, 3-1, last week in its final section match of the 2013 season.

It was senior recognition night for the Lady Highlanders, and what better way for Lindsey Kozel, Katie Lachut, Tori Johnston and Rachel Baldinger to end their high school careers at Baldwin than to upset the reigning Section 5-AAA champions at home.

Baldwin stunned Bethel Park by scores of 25-20, 25-19, 13-25 and 25-19.

The Lady Highlanders staged a furious rally in the fourth game.

Behind the outstanding serving of Sarah Walsh, a junior libero, and Maddi Sgattoni, a freshman setter/right-side hitter, Baldwin rallied from a huge deficit to win by six points against the visiting Black Hawk girls.

Sgattoni also sparked the Lady Highlanders from behind in the second game of the match.

Kozel, Lachut, Johnston and Baldinger, all defensive specialists, were joined in Baldwin's starting lineup by Sgattoni; juniors Tori Dedig, at middle hitter; Tori Sgattoni, a right-side/middle hitter; and Walsh; and sophomores Mallory O'Brien, at setter; Mac Voelker, an outside hitter; and Jamie Schleicher, at middle hitter.

Johnston and Welsh served as team captains this season.

Key reserves for Baldwin in the regular-season finale included sophomore setter Emma Dongilli, sophomore right-side hitter Kadin Hinish, and freshman outside hitter Sydney Yanchik.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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