Boys Volleyball: Oak Forest powers past Argo
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media March 28, 2013 9:16PM
Updated: March 28, 2013 9:42PM
Jeff Sprayberry may as well have been playing with a deck of cards.
The Oak Forest junior dealt four aces while bombing 13 straight service point as the Bengals turned a 10-9 advantage into a runaway first set Thursday against Argo.
Sprayberry showed his worth on the outside, adding six kills as the visiting Bengals stormed to a 25-10, 25-20 victory in the South Suburban crossover.
“I think my serve, once I get it going, is a pretty good weapon,” Sprayberry said. “I definitely work on my serve all the time — and my approach, because the toss (for the jump-serve) has to be there.”
Also contributing for Oak Forest (3-2, 1-2) were Zach Loeding (6 kills, 3 blocks) Zack Kirkilas (5 kills) and Brett Staehlin (14 assists).
“I definitely think we got rattled by (Sprayberry),” Argo coach Rebecca Naughton said. “It was a nice serve. It was a tough rotation for us, but I thought we hung in there and had some good rallies and the second game was much better.”
Leading the way for Argo (3-7, 1-3) were Jose Soto (3 kills, 2 blocks) and Sam De La Rosa (15 assists). Jerry Patino and Arian Manjarrez added two kills apiece.
Argo crept to within 20-18 in the second set, but Loeding dropped a stuff block and the Bengals cruised from there.
“When we get (Sprayberry and Loeding) going, it allows us to do a lot more things,” Oak Forest coach Lee Rucinski said. “If Loeding doesn’t get going, we set the outside a lot, and teams can shut you down if you’re only a one-hitter option team.
“Those two and Kyle Hullinger can really deliver.”
Hullinger had four kills and Mike Ward added seven assists for Oak Forest.