Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way West outlasts Joliet West
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 17, 2013 8:18PM
Lincoln-Way West's Jon Adlington hits the ball between Joliet West's Brian Lyman and Luke VanEck. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:45AM
What a difference Michael Wexter makes.
The Lincoln-Way West sophomore watched from the bench as his team got thumped in the first set of Wednesday’s match against Joliet West.
Once Wexter entered during the second set, however, it was the Warriors doing most of the thumping.
Wexter recorded 19 assists, 13 digs and five kills as Lincoln-Way West downed host Joliet West 12-25, 25-17, 26-24 in a SouthWest Suburban match.
“I felt like once I came onto the court, everyone started getting into it,” Wexter said. “The passes were there. My entire team was playing the best they could. They were putting balls away. It felt like every set was a kill.”
Tony Prospero led the Warriors (11-2, 3-0) with 13 kills, Kenny Clawson added seven and Justin Baker chipped in seven digs.
Warriors coach Rory Harrison said Wexter sat the first set to let the team “take a look at some other rotations.”
“(Wexter) is one of the best setters I’ve ever played with,” Prospero said.
Wexter found Prospero in crunch time to stave off a third-set rally by the Tigers. After a Brian Lyman kill put Joliet West up 23-22, Prospero blasted kills on the Warriors’ next three points, leading to the game-winning swing by Jon Adlington.
“Whenever it’s tight like that, I know you can’t go finesse,” Prospero said, “especially against this Joliet West team. You have to pound the ball because they pick up every tip you throw at them.”
Lyman led Joliet West (6-9-1) with 14 kills. Nick Studer added 12, including a blistering four-kill stretch in the third set that lifted the Tigers from a 14-11 deficit to a 16-15 lead.
“Lyman’s been our guy all season,” Joliet West assistant coach Wes Ringfelt said. “We’ve been looking for someone else to step up. I think (Studer) played his best match as a varsity player. He dominated, and when he came off, I think we lost a little bit.”