Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way Central rallies past Joliet Catholic
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media March 18, 2013 10:38PM
Lincoln-Way Central's Austin Overby (14) sets the ball to teammate Jake Gmazel (12) as he prepares to go for a kill against Joliet Catholic's Adam Janusz (9). | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 20, 2013 6:30AM
The power went out, but that didn’t stop Lincoln-Way Central’s Austin Overby from powering up.
After nearly an hourlong delay Monday because of a blackout in the main gymnasium at Joliet Catholic, the 6-foot-6 Overby stormed out of the break to bury five of his match-high 12 kills as Lincoln-Way Central rallied to beat Joliet Catholic 19-25, 25-22, 25-22.
“We’ve been waiting for that to happen,” first-year Central coach Brian Danielson said of Overby’s third-set explosion. “He’s got the athleticism. We started to see the maturation out of him in the final set.”
The Hilltoppers held a 15-13 lead in the deciding set when the lights went out. Forty minutes passed and the power was still down, so the teams agreed to finish in the secondary gym.
Joliet Catholic ran its lead to 21-19 after a kill by freshman Blake Reardon (8 kills). That’s when Overby took over, bombing three consecutive kills for a 22-21 Central advantage.
“Our setter (Matt Clark) was reading the defense and delivering a really nice ball to put away,” said Overby, a Ball State recruit. “He makes my job a lot easier.”
Clark dished 29 assists to lead Central. Matt Nawa (8 kills), Jake Gmazel (7 kills) and Jake Sobkoviak (7 digs) all contributed for the Knights (1-0).
Joliet Catholic (0-1) was led by Mike O’Neill (7 kills, 6 assists, 10 digs), Tony Allen (11 digs) and Louis Dow (23 assists).
“They did some great things on their side, but there were a lot of things we could have done on our side to make a difference,” Joliet Catholic coach Rhyen Staley said. “Throughout the second and third sets we’d go on point runs and get a sizable lead, but we’d give it right back up.”