Boys Volleyball: Marist takes down Joliet Catholic
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 18, 2013 8:16PM
Marist's Matt Munro (left) and John Yerkes (center) go up to block Mike O'Neill, of Joliet Catholic. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 20, 2013 7:56PM
When opposing teams load up on Marist’s John Yerkes, right-side hitter Craig Rosner is happy to make them pay.
Rosner pounded seven kills Thursday to spur Marist past Joliet Catholic 25-23, 25-15 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference showdown in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.
After trailing 15-10, Joliet Catholic (9-4, 1-1) took a 23-22 first-set lead when Mike O’Neill powered a kill through two Marist blockers. Rosner responded with a clutch kill to tie the game, and he closed it out for Marist two points later with another assertive swing.
“I’m not really looking to drill balls,” Rosner said. “I’m looking to hit shots and angles. But I was given the opportunity to drill it, and I want to thank (setter) Mike (Schreiber) for that.”
Schreiber dished 19 assists, Yerkes added six kills and Brendan Hopkins posted nine digs for the RedHawks (9-6, 1-0).
“If the other team doesn’t block our middles, we’re going to put the ball down,” Marist coach Jodi Frigo said. “So that opens things up for Craig on the outside.”
O’Neill and Nathan Dollinger sparked Joliet Catholic’s first-set resurgence and led the team with 10 kills apiece. Thursday’s match marked the Hilltoppers’ third match since losing standout Adam Janusz (dislocated ankle) for the season.
“Dollinger was a really big surprise because we haven’t played a team of this level since Adam went out,” Joliet Catholic coach Rhyen Staley said. “It’s a good sign for us that he was able to get 10 kills, and it really helps (O’Neill) out.”
Joliet Catholic led 5-1 in Set 2, but a kill by Yerkes lifted Marist to an 8-7 advantage. Yerkes then went to the service line and delivered five straight points — including an ace — as Marist went up 13-7.
“That second set, the difference was definitely serving and us controlling the ball,” Rosner said.