Marist's Craig Rosner (10) and Matt Munro (15) put up a wall as Providence's Tim Doughney hits the ball. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:52AM
As a junior, Marist’s Mike Schreiber certainly could jump-serve. The RedHawks just didn’t need him to.
“Last year, we had three jump-servers in the lineup, and they were all fantastic at it,” Schreiber said. “This year it feels great knowing that the coaches trust me to go out there and do it.”
Kicking off his senior campaign, Schreiber wasted little time showing off his jump-serving ability, opening and closing Marist’s convincing 25-12, 27-25 win Tuesday night at Providence at the service line.
Schreiber finished with 16 assists and four service aces to lead Marist (1-0). Brendan Hopkins (9 digs), Craig Rosner (6 kills), Morty Berglind (4 kills) and Connor O’Neill (4 kills) also chipped in.
To open the match, Schreiber stepped up to the line and served a laser ace. After setting up O’Neill for a kill, the senior setter rattled off two more aces, and the RedHawks were off and running.
“We came out fired up and wanted to set the tone,” Schreiber said.
Providence (0-1) finally came to life late in the Set 2. Facing match point, Brendan Surane stepped up for the Celtics with a huge kill. A Marist hitting error gave Providence set point, but the RedHawks responded.
John Yerkes had back-to-back kills for Marist, leaving the match point to Schreiber at the service line. His serve deflected off a Providence defender for the game-winner.
“Do what I did in practice,” Schreiber said. “We serve it like that a hundred times.”
First-year coach Jodi Frigo earned her first varsity win after years as a Marist assistant in the boys and girls programs.
“The good thing being in the program for six years is that it wasn’t too bad (nerves),” Frigo said. “The guys knew what to expect, I did, and they came ready to go, but it’s very nice to have that first win.”
Surane’s seven kills led Providence.
“To be honest, we came out scared,” Providence coach Brett Krapil said. “We need to come out focused and ready. They seemed ready before the game, but stepping on the court, it was a whole other level. Against a team like Marist, you see what happens.”