Sibling Rivalry


Headed into Wednesday it was a guarantee the division IV singles championship title would go home with the Lygas. However, who would take the crown was still undetermined.

Championship match featured Notre Dame freshman Ellen Lyga against her younger sister, 7th grader Emily Lyga.

Before the match, Jugglers Head Coach Ryan Cooney said the two had been each other’s biggest cheerleaders, but today the pair had unfinished business.

The first match proved to be more back and forth than one of the sisters’ volleys. Ellen jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage before Emily clawed back to make it 2-1. Ellen then won game four before Emily answered, and after five games it was 3-2  in favor of Ellen. The older sister than found her groove as she powered through the opening set 6-3.

After a short break, it was Emily’s turn to shine. She’d jump out to a 3-1 lead before Ellen could stop the bleeding. But there’s a reason Ellen was the tournament’s top seed. Rather than lay down, she pushed the match to a tie breaker game to defeat her sister 7-5.

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