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Boys Volleyball: Lemont slips past Oak Forest

Lemont's Dominiak Douhan puts point past Oak Forest's Jeff Sprayberry. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media

Lemont's Dominiak Douhan puts a point past Oak Forest's Jeff Sprayberry. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 16, 2013 6:33AM



Just when it appeared Oak Forest and outside hitter Jeff Sprayberry had stolen all the momentum, Lemont’s Mike Krueger opened the third set with a block and Rob Myalik followed with an ace.

From there, the Indians never trailed in the final set of their 25-19, 17-25, 25-21 South Suburban Blue victory Tuesday.

Krueger — a returning All-Area selection whom Indians coach Zach Splitt said was likely “the best player to come through Lemont” — totaled 11 kills and five blocks to celebrate Senior Night.

“I could feel the momentum shift after a couple of the blocks we had in the third game,” Krueger said. “The second game, our passing started to fail us. If our passing is fine, we should be able to prevail. In the third game, (our) passing was great and we executed.”

Ryan Leadley contributed 24 assists and three aces for the Indians (15-13, 9-6), while Douhan Dominiak added five kills.

“We finally broke the streak,” Leadley said. “The past two years we lost on Senior Night.”

Leadley sparked a 6-0 run in the first set highlighted by back-to-back aces. In the third set, he put down a big kill for a 16-9 advantage.

“Congrats to my team,” Leadley said. “I know I can get a little emotional out there and yell at them, but I love them to death.”

Sprayberry had 14 kills to pace Oak Forest (12-15, 8-7), with seven of those coming in a monster second set to keep the Bengals alive. Zach Loeding added five blocks and Mike Ward served four aces.

“Sprayberry is our go-to guy when we need to terminate a volley,” Bengals coach Lee Rucinski said. “But it takes more than one player to win. Unfortunately our seniors didn’t show up.”

A Sprayberry block brought Oak Forest to within 22-20 in the third set, but the Indians got three kills on the next four points. Krueger closed the match on a big swing.



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