southtownstar
SLIDING 
Weather Updates

Boys Volleyball: L-W East takes title away from Marist

Marist's Brendan Hopkins gets low Lincoln-Way East hit Saturday title match Marist Redhawk Invitational. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

Marist's Brendan Hopkins gets low on a Lincoln-Way East hit Saturday in the title match of the Marist Redhawk Invitational. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

storyidforme: 46639825
tmspicid: 17289484
fileheaderid: 7794330
Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: April 25, 2013 7:18AM



Lincoln-Way East started out strong and made the key plays when they had to as the Griffins defeated host Marist 25-21, 25-22 in the championship match of the 2013 Marist Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Juniors Nate Van Dellen (8 kills), Ryan Vorderer (8 kills), Aaron Redweik (7 kills) and Austin Royer (25 assists) led the Griffins. Seniors John Yerkes (6 kills) and Connor O’ Neill (4 kills) led Marist.

“It shows that we have a strong team, a lot of effort and it’s just our first tournament of the year, so we’re just getting started,” Van Dellen said of the victory.

LWE (6-0) reached the final after defeating cross-town rival Lincoln-Way North 25-19, 22-25, 15-13 in a thrilling three-set match and carried that momentum into the final.

“It was huge getting by (Lincoln-Way) North because they beat us the last three years in the semis in this tournament,” LWE coach Kris Fiore said. “All the kids know each other, it’s always high-intensity matches but we stressed to them that it’s important to come out with that same intensity in the final.”

LWE did just that in Game 1 as a Redweik kill followed by a Mike Rossetto block gave the Griffins and early 6-1 lead.

“Our serving and blocking was on early and it was a good effort on defense by everyone,” Van Dellen said.

A Vorderer kill extended the Griffin lead to 18-12 and later another kill made it 20-15. Marist fought back and closed to within 23-21 after a Matt Munro kill, however the Redhawks made consecutive errors on offense to close out the game.

“We’re a pretty poised group as a lot of our guys have been playing club together for years but winning the first game was important,” Fiore said.

In Game 2 Marist (7-1) started out strong and built a 15-9 lead after another Munro kill. LWE then went on an 11-3 run for a 20-18 lead capped by a Royer kill. LWE led 24-22 before Vorderer’s final kill sealed the victory.

“I think this victory makes a statement to other teams that even though we only have one senior, that we are a good team,” Van Dellen said.

“I was happy with the way our boys played throughout the whole tournament and it just didn’t turn out the way we would have wanted it to,” Marist coach Jodi Frigo said.

Lincoln-Way North defeated Stagg 25-12, 21-25, 15-7 for third place.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.