Kamil Barnas, Stagg
Updated: July 12, 2013 6:28AM
Here is a look at the SouthtownStar 2013 All-Area Boys Volleyball Team.
Kamil Barnas, Sr., Stagg
Notable: The 6-foot-3 outside hitter had 303 kills, 44 blocks and 112 digs as one of the premier high flyers in the area. Named all-tournament at Lincoln-Way East and Wheaton Warrenville South.
Coach Lauren Royer: “His raw talent is nothing short of amazing.”
David Berglind, Sr., Marist
Notable: The 6-foot-4 outside hitter notched 164 kills, 118 digs and 44 blocks as a staunch six-rotation starter. Will play at St. Ambrose.
Coach Jodi Frigo: “He was our leading serving scorer and one of our leading serve-receive accuracy passers.”
Paul Chmura, Soph., Sandburg
Notable: The 6-foot outside hitter had 262 kills, 52 blocks and 25 aces. Named team MVP and all-tournament at Wheaton Warrenville South.
Coach Sean Airola: “Pauly’s one of the most serious kids on the court and never wants to let you down.”
Nick Costa, Sr., Richards
Notable: The 6-foot outside hitter had 290 kills, 183 digs and 36 aces while playing through a torn abdomen. Two-time South Suburban Player of the Year.
Coach Troy Grevengoed: “Nick has always been the player who could take over matches for us whether in the front or back row.”
John Hodul, Sr., Sandburg
Notable: The 6-foot-10 middle slammed 282 kills and had 133 blocks as one of the state’s top forces at the net. Will play at Lewis.
Coach Sean Airola: “Coming back as one of the only starters, he held down the fort in the middle. He was the foundation of our team.”
Marc Hansen, Sr., Oak Lawn
Notable: The 6-foot-2 outside hitter notched 395 kills, 36 aces and 121 digs as a slick all-around player. One of 20 seniors selected to the IHSVCA All-Star game.
Coach Matt Hunt: “Whether it be a kill from the front or back, whatever we need, Marc does it for us.”
Edvinas Karalius, Jr., Richards
Notable: The 6-foot-3 outside hitter smashed 296 kills and had 46 aces and 34 blocks. At 230 pounds, one of the more powerful hitters in the area.
Coach Troy Grevengoed: “He’s proven to be a true outside who can pass the ball along with being one of the best hitters in the area.”
Mike Krueger, Sr., Lemont
Notable: The 6-foot-3 outside hitter tallied 323 kills, 94 digs and 33 blocks to lead Lemont to its first regional final in school history.
Coach Zack Splitt: “Mike is probably the best player to ever come through Lemont.”
Brad McFarland, Jr., Lincoln-Way North
Notable: The 6-foot-2 outside hitter had 364 kills, 190 digs and a .375 hitting percentage. MVP at Lincoln-Way East Invitational.
Coach Matt Lawrence: “Brad is one of the best outside hitters in the state. He’s ultra competitive.”
Dan O’Keefe, Sr., St. Rita
Notable: The 6-foot-1 opposite had 325 kills, 45 aces and 181 digs en route to being named the Catholic League Blue Lawless Player of the Year.
Coach Ryan Biros: “He was able to lead by example and by helping teammates as soon as he stepped on the court.”
Austin Overby, Sr., Lincoln-Way Central
Notable: The 6-foot-6 outside hitter had 362 kills, 156 digs and 56 blocks as one of the best athletes in the Southland. Will play at Ball State.
Coach Brian Danielson: “He’s a phenomenal athlete. He’s the tallest guy on the team and also one of the quickest.”
Ryan Paull, Sr., Brother Rice
Notable: The 6-foot-8 middle pounded out 209 kills and had 72 blocks and 15 aces as a stalwart protector at the net. Will play at Carthage.
Coach Br. Paul Ickes: “Ryan was a big part of our success down the stretch and he still has untapped potential heading into college.”
Austin Royer, Jr., Lincoln-Way East
Notable: The 6-foot-2 setter had 880 assists, 161 digs, 35 aces, 66 kills and 31 blocks as the top setter in the state. Owns school career assist record.
Coach Kris Fiore: “He is one of the only setters in the state who can get the ball to any of his hitters from almost any spot on the floor.”
Brendan Surane, Sr., Providence
Notable: The 6-foot-6 opposite blasted 266 kills and had 40 blocks and 22 aces. Won bronze with the USA Youth National Team and will play at Ball State.
Coach Brett Krapil: “When we were in need of a big play, we would just get Surane the ball.”
Sanil Thomas, Soph., Andrew
Notable: The 5-foot-10 setter dished 532 assists and had 62 kills and 127 digs. His 42 aces came from a malicious jump serve.
Coach Courtney Stoub: “Sanil is a natural athlete that can quickly get to the ball to make plays happen.”
Nate Van Dellan, Jr., Lincoln-Way East
Notable: The 6-foot-3 outside hitter had 315 kills, 226 digs and 38 aces using a stingy jump-float serve. MVP at the Brother Rice Smack Attack.
Coach Kris Fiore: “Nate is the complete package when it comes to an outside hitter.”
Ryan Vorderer, Jr, Lincoln-Way East
Notable: The 6-foot-4 outside hitter set the school record for kills in a season with 337. He added 34 blocks and 212 digs with a .350 hitting percentage.
Coach Kris Fiore: “Ryan is one of the most versatile players that I have ever coached.”
Jake Walenga, Jr., Lincoln-Way North
Notable: The 6-foot-1 outside hitter had 309 kills, 241 digs and 37 aces in becoming the SouthtownStar Player of the Year and two-time All-Area.
Coach Matt Lawrence: “When the game gets tight, you know he’s going to be clutch no matter what.”
Mitch Weiler, Jr., Brother Rice
Notable: The 6-foot-4 outside hitter had 245 kills, 30 blocks and 14 aces for his second All-Area selection.
Coach Br. Paul Ickes: “Mitch is a superb passer and is our go-to guy on the outside. I’m glad we have him back for one more season.”
Michael Wexter, Soph., Lincoln-Way West
Notable: The 6-foot-1 setter established a school record with 665 assists. He added 72 kills, 134 digs and 34 blocks.
Coach Rory Harrison: “His competitive edge and driving work ethic played a tremendous role for us.”
Capsules compiled by Logan Malloy