Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East outlasts Brother Rice
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media March 26, 2013 9:36PM
Lincoln-Way East's Ryan Vorderer (14) spikes the ball past Brother Rice's Dan Hayes (22). | Paul Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 28, 2013 7:02AM
Fresh off its title at the Marist Invitational, Lincoln-Way East looked razor sharp behind 16 kills and 10 digs from Ryan Vorderer in a 25-20, 26-28, 25-15 victory Tuesday over visiting Brother Rice.
The Southland powers seesawed for control over the first two sets — the second of which featured 12 lead changes — before East took control with a 5-0 run to start the third.
“All of our hitters have really been clicking, so it’s hard for the other team when we have so many people hitting so well,” Vorderer said.
Chipping in for the Griffins (8-0) were Nate Van Dellen (10 kills, 8 digs), Josh Phalen (16 digs, 3 aces) and Austin Royer (33 assists).
Royer showed an uncanny ability at reading the Crusaders defense. The junior notched seven kills attacking when the Griffins went over on two hits.
“(Royer) makes so many great sets that you don’t expect,” Vorderer said.
Playing its season opener, Brother Rice was led by Mitch Weiler’s 15 kills. Dan Hayes dished 32 assists and Kevin Myren and Connor Finn chipped in eight kills apiece for the Crusaders (0-1).
“I was really happy with the way we played overall, even though we made a bunch of mistakes,” Rice coach Br. Paul Ickes said. “(East) has seven matches under their belt before this one, and that showed.
“Lincoln-Way ran a quick offense, which is what we expected. We just weren’t fast enough.”
Brother Rice ousted East in a sectional final last season, but won’t wait long for retribution. The teams meet in pool play Thursday in the Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger Classic.
“That’s probably my fault,” East coach Kris Fiore said. “I didn’t ask for too high of a seed. I knew we were going to be good, but to be honest, I didn’t know we were going to be this good. We’re really playing well right now.”