Mighty Macs have eyes on another prize
Winning a state championship is akin to munching on potato chips — after sampling one there’s a strong desire for more.
Further snacking is easy, but repeating as a titlist requires far greater effort. However, if any group of Illinois high school athletes understands what’s needed to reign supreme in volleyball it’s the ones enrolled at Mother McAuley.
The Mighty Macs became dynastic under the guidance of former coach Nancy Pedersen and, after a nine-year dry spell, returned to the mountaintop last fall. Forty victories — the last of which came against two-time defending Class 4A champion Benet Academy — made McAuley not only No. 1 in Illinois for the 14th time but highly ranked nationally as well.
But that achievement wasn’t enough to sate the Macs.