By Tim O’Brien
The Beverly Review

Oriella Ortiz stepped to the service line late in the first set on Oct. 13 knowing her Morgan Park Academy (MPA) teammates needed a boost.

Undone by their own errors, the Warriors found themselves in a 17-14 hole against Intrinsic Charter.

Ortiz was ready to provide that boost—and then some.

The junior libero rattled off an impressive 11-0 service run, including 7 aces, as host MPA rallied for the win on its way to a 25-17, 25-18 victory over Intrinsic Charter in a nonconference match.

MPA will open the Class 1A state playoffs on Oct. 25 in a regional quarterfinal match at host Dwight. The winner will advance to face top-seeded Milford in the semifinals.