Boys Volleyball: Oak Lawn outlasts Homewood-Flossmoor
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media March 26, 2014 8:10PM
Updated: April 28, 2014 10:32AM
Oak Lawn coach Matt Hunt wasn’t sure what to expect heading into his team’s first match of the season.
After the Spartans’ 25-19, 25-21 conquest of visiting Homewood-Flossmoor on Wednesday night, Hunt thought he had a better grasp of his team.
“I learned we have a lot of energy,” Hunt said. “We look athletic enough to compete with these teams (in the area).”
Outside hitter Trevor Wagner might have been the biggest surprise. Wagner took some big swings and led Oak Lawn (1-0) with seven kills and three blocks. Hunt said he’s hoping Wagner, a football player, can develop into a six-rotation player before his junior season is up.
“(Hunt) wants me to love passing more than hitting by the end of the season,” Wagner said. “We need to get our passing going so us outsides can put the ball away.”
Jeremy Lencki distributed 15 assists and Nate Jones chipped in five kills and three aces for the Spartans.
Marques Robinson did his best to keep Homewood-Flossmoor (0-2) afloat, dispensing damage from the net and back row. Robinson finished with a match-high eight kills for first-year coach Bob St. Leger, who previously was at Wheaton North after coaching Marist to the 2010 state title.
“We were remarkably improved from our last match on Monday,” St. Leger said, referring to the Vikings’ loss to Oak Forest. “We had some big swings at the net and passed the ball better. We were right there until we got into the 20s and they pulled away. I’m super pleased.”
With H-F trailing by as many as seven points in the second set, Robinson notched three kills in eight points to cut Oak Lawn’s lead to 17-16. That would be as close as the Vikings would get.
Oak Lawn’s Emmet Nugent responded with a big kill before Wagner and Jones put the match away with consecutive spikes.
Kaleb Johnson had eight digs and Reilly Dougherty had four kills and three aces for H-F.