Halloween has come and gone, but Talia Colasante said Kelly Flynn was still in costume during Wednesday’s epic five-set thriller in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship match.
“That girl is Wonder Woman,” Colasante said of Flynn, who missed Friday's semifinal after suffering a concussion in a scrimmage against Holy Trinity three weeks ago.
The senior middle hitter twisted her right ankle in the first set, but battled through to help lift St. Francis Prep to a fifth consecutive Brooklyn/Queens title, defeating rival Archbishop Molloy, 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 in Fresh Meadows.
“My heart stopped when I saw that she got hurt,” Kiara Pierre said. “I was so worried for a second, but I’m so glad she came back in and so proud of the way she played.”
Pierre said Flynn was “devastated” when she was unable to get on the court because of her concussion. Flynn was finally cleared Monday and practiced for two days before Wednesday’s anticipated Brooklyn/Queens final against Molloy.
However, Flynn went down early in the first set after getting tangled up with a Molloy middle hitter at the net and was forced off the court.
“My first game back and down I go,” Flynn said.
Flynn, though, couldn’t be kept off the court. “It’s not broken, I’m fine,” she said and she made an immediate impact on her return with one of her 18 kills, helping the Terriers to a 25-18 win in the first set.
On another Flynn kill, St. Francis Prep (12-1) led 9-5 early in the second set, but Archbishop Molloy, ranked No. 2 in New York City by MSG Varsity, rallied to win the second set, 25-23, to level the match.
Archbishop Molloy (10-3), which snapped St. Francis Prep’s six-year league unbeaten streak in five sets – one of three five-set classics between the rivals this year – took the third set 25-23 led by some terrific hitting by Emily Rabot, who had 15 kills and three aces.
“It’s so aggravating because we had it,” Rabot said. “It was right in our hands and then we lost it. That was not how we play.”
While Flynn was in and out of the lineup Wednesday, Colasante was a constant threat with a match-high 22 kills for the top-ranked Terriers.
“She’s had some confidence issues but she stuck through it,” St. Francis Prep coach Kevin Colucci said. “You can’t take a person like that off the court sometimes, even if they’re struggling, because they give more than that to the team in terms of energy and the talking.”
Flynn provided that, too, every time she stepped back onto the court. Her powerful kill ended the fourth set and leveled the match at two and her final kill brought the Terriers to within two points of the Brooklyn/Queens title. When Colasante pushed Pierre’s dig over the net, the celebration was on.
“It’s relief and euphoria,” said Pierre, who had 12 kills and five aces. “I’m so happy right now. I was worried throughout these matches. I’m glad we came back and won it.”
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