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Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way Central rolls past Joliet Catholic

Don’t expect the same old attack from Lincoln-Way Central.

After leaning heavily the past few seasons on explosive hitter Austin Overby — now at Ball State — Lincoln-Way Central spread the wealth and battered visiting Joliet Catholic on the opening day of the boys volleyball season.

Adam Sargis recorded five kills and five digs and Mike Kulinski dished 18 assists to prompt a 25-14, 25-9 victory Monday night.

Sargis, Central’s lone returning starter, also showed off a beefy jump-serve. His first-set ace gave Central a commanding 20-9 lead.

“I played a little varsity as a sophomore and started last year, so I like leading the team,” said Sargis, one of two captains along with libero Mitch Severson. “My jump-serve certainly wasn’t as aggressive last year. My timing and my toss is better. I’ve worked on that a lot.”

Neal Brown chipped in four kills and three blocks and Severson had five digs for the Knights (1-0). Brown and Kulinski are two sophomores in the starting lineup the Southland should keep an eye on.

“This is the first time since I’ve taken over the program that we’ve had depth at all of the positions,” Central coach Brian Danielson said. “We wanted to make a statement that we’re one of the top teams in the area.”

Sophomore Blake Reardon paced Joliet Catholic (0-1) with four kills and three digs. The Hilltoppers struggled to get into offensive sets and finished with just 10 kills for the match.

“Blake’s our big gun,” Joliet Catholic coach Rhyen Staley said. “We’re trying to get our setters to understand how to set him because the other guys aren’t as big and don’t get up as well. We’re trying to build around him this season and the next.

Central used an 11-1 flurry to take care of Set 1 and went on a 13-0 run in the second set that was highlighted by the serving of Scott Mueller.

“It’s always tough playing (Central) the first match of the season,” Staley said. “It’s kind of like going into the playoffs the first match.”

Bobby Nunez added three kills for the Hilltoppers.



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