Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East bounces Brother Rice
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media May 24, 2013 10:10PM
Lincoln-Way East's Ryan Vorderer hits against Brother Rice. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:56AM
There’s a certain unwavering demeanor to Lincoln-Way East.
So when Brother Rice roared out for a seven-point first-set victory Friday night in an Andrew Sectional semifinal, East never lost its poise.
It helps to have setter Austin Royer, who was the epitome of cool in dishing 29 assists as East stormed back to score a 18-25, 25-22, 25-21 victory.
“We wanted to get revenge from last year,” said Royer, noting Rice ousted East in the 2012 sectional finals. “We tried to stay consistent throughout the whole game. We watched a lot of film and focused on who their best and worst passers were. We tried to get them out of system.”
The Griffins (35-3) advance to play Lincoln-Way North at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Andrew for a trip to the state quarterfinals.
Nate Van Dellan (2.5 blocks) and Ryan Vorderer (14 digs) led East with 12 kills apiece, Carson Slager added eight kills and Aaron Redweik had five as East swept the season series with Rice 4-0.
“I wasn’t too worried because I knew overall we were playing very well,” East coach Kris Fiore said of losing the first set. “And Brother Rice was playing outstanding. They were errorless in that first game, and I knew if we kept our intensity we’d get some breaks.”
Mitch Weiler paced Brother Rice (28-10) with 10 kills and seven digs, Kevin Myren added nine kills and Jim Dwyer dished 35 assists.
In the third set, a Weiler kill cut East’s advantage 17-16, but Royer found Slager for an absolute laser that lit up the Griffins bench and seemed to permanently shift the momentum. Slager and Royer teamed up for a block on the next play as the Griffins managed to keep a three-point cushion until Vorderer put the match away with one last swing.
“They’re very talented,” Rice coach Br. Paul Ickes said of the Griffins. “And Austin Royer is amazing. He got the ball to the right people at the right time.
“My crew, for the way we played them in late March vs. the way we played them now, we were light years better. No regrets. I’m very proud of them.”
Ryan Paull and Andrew Wilkison contributed eight kills each and Dave Kelly had 10 digs for the Crusaders.