“Our talent is better than their talent, but you can’t just win with talent. They fought. They had heart. They showed passion. We don’t have that.” Chelsea lucas-nicholas, Riverside Academy coach
An exceptional talent like Riverside Academy senior Kendra Turner can help a team mask its deficiencies. On Tuesday night, Benjamin Franklin’s exceptional team play exposed the Lady Rebels.
Despite Turner’s six blocks and season-high 20 kills at Franklin’s gym, Riverside (10-2) lost to Franklin (8-1) in straight sets, 25-18, 25-16, 25-23.
“Our talent is better than their talent, but you can’t just win with talent,” Riverside coach Chelsea Lucas-Nicholas said.
“They fought. They had heart. They showed passion. We don’t have that. We’ve got to get back to that soon.”
Riverside appeared poised to close the gap in the third set after dropping the first two by seven and nine points. A Turner spike gave the Lady Rebels a 4-1 advantage early. Falcons star Allison Olsonoski scored two possessions in a row to cut the deficit to one. Turner responded with two consecutive points but was unable to carry Riverside to victory.
“We don’t have a Kendra, but we have 12 players,” Franklin coach Jodee Pulizzano said.
Olsonoski turned in another solid performance in her young career. She led the team with 15 kills and two aces.