Boys Volleyball: Stagg outlasts Lockport
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 15, 2013 9:00PM
Lockport players Adam Krzos (9) and Matt Sadler (8) battle against Stagg at the net Monday night in Palos Hills. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 17, 2013 6:34AM
Mike Scatena is just glad to be back.
The Stagg outside hitter missed “75 percent” of his junior campaign because of a torn labrum after taking a charge and landing awkwardly while playing for the Stagg basketball team.
Now he’s back, healthy and helping control the net for a Stagg team that’s just three victories shy of matching last season’s win total.
“It’s just great to play again,” Scatena said. “Last year I played club volleyball, but this year I decided to stick with just high school sports.”
Scatena blasted 10 kills Monday night as Stagg defeated visiting Lockport 25-17, 19-25, 25-18 in a SouthWest Suburban crossover.
Also chipping in for the Chargers (11-5, 2-0) were Kamil Barnas (11 kills, 10 digs), Danny Naughton (10 kills, 5 blocks), Matt Meyering (32 assists) and Sean Runyon (7 digs).
Lockport (4-6, 0-2) was led by Jason Hicks (10 kills), Kyle Beaumont (6 kills) and Gabe Perez (3 aces).
Scatena credited Meyering for Stagg’s efficient offense and said, “Runyon is one of the best liberos in our league.”
Stagg was in total control of the first set and took a commanding 19-10 lead after a kill by Ben Tocila and a block by Scatena.
Lockport stole the momentum behind Hicks, who registered three kills on the Porters’ first six points, and he helped close out the frame by scoring twice on two-hit dump-offs.
“We came out flat,” Lockport coach Austin Lindley said. “We decided to finally play in Game 2, and we sort of competed in Game 3. ... It was brutal.”
The third set reached a 17-all tie, but Lockport couldn’t put the shackles on Naughton, a middle hitter, who sparked a 7-0 run with three kills.
“We’ve been working with our setters on not just setting the outside, and (Monday) was a perfect testament to that,” Stagg coach Lauren Royer said. “It was nice getting Danny involved. He played awesome.”