Men’s College Volleyball: St. Ambrose vs. Cardinal Stritch match Tuesday at Lincoln-Way East
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 20, 2014 5:40PM
Updated: January 20, 2014 8:41PM
With his high school senior year coming to a close in spring 2010, George Langheld readied himself for one last home match at Lincoln-Way East.
That match came and went. Langheld has continued his volleyball career the last three years at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and he’s getting another shot to play on the Griffins’ home floor.
St. Ambrose will play Stritch at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Mid-American Men’s Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference match Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort.
“It’s pretty exciting to get another chance to play there,” Langheld said. “I was pretty confident my senior year was the last time I’d play on that court. It will definitely bring back some memories.”
The college match on the high school court came as a brainchild of St. Ambrose men’s volleyball coach Bill Gleeson, a Brother Rice grad, and Lincoln-Way Central boys volleyball coach Brian Danielson, a 2009 St. Ambrose alum.
Over the summer, Danielson asked Gleeson if there were a chance the Fighting Bees could play a match at one of the Lincoln-Ways. Gleeson asked around and found his man and court with Lincoln-Way East boys volleyball coach Kris Fiore.
“Fans are going to see some high-powered offense, a lot of good offense,” Gleeson said. “That’s what the men’s game is all about, pass-set-kill. We’ve got a good rivalry with Stritch, and it’s a great showcase for both programs. It’s great for the volleyball community.”
Gleeson’s Fighting Bees feature two East alums, Langheld and sophomore Nate Royer; and two Lincoln-Way Central alums, Clay Hermann and Jon Hamm. Eleven athletes on St. Ambrose are from Illinois, with players from St. Rita, Marist, and Andrew.
Cardinal Stritch (1-0), of Milwaukee, has five athletes from the Chicago area on its roster. St. Ambrose holds a 2-0 record entering Tuesday’s match.
“It’s exciting for multiple reasons,” Fiore said. “We can see how our kids have progressed, and our juniors and seniors who played with Nate and looked up to him can see him at that next level. Everyone knows how talent-rich the Chicago area is, and it’s a great way to promote the sport in general.”