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Boys Volleyball: Marist rallies past Lockport

Chicago 3/28/14--Matt Munro reaches over net for Marist their game against Lockport. | Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media

Chicago, 3/28/14--Matt Munro, reaches over the net for Marist, in their game against Lockport. | Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 29, 2014 7:59PM



Marist coach Jodi Frigo called outside hitter Jake Moran the RedHawks’ “go-to player.”

With Marist on the brink of defeat, trailing Lockport 24-21 in the second set after dropping the first, Moran didn’t disappoint.

The senior scored four of Marist’s last six points in Set 2 — including a block and kill on consecutive plays — to propel the RedHawks to a 22-25, 26-24, 15-10 victory Friday night at the Marist Invitational.

Moran finished with nine kills and six digs as Marist (3-0) won its pool, advancing to the tournament’s Gold Division on Saturday. Luke Mayer added 10 digs and Tim Hauser had 23 assists.

“We’ve only played three games, but that was the most adversity we faced so far this season,” Moran said. “We just made sure to communicate and drive through it.”

Lockport (1-1) was flying high after a strong showing in Set 1 thanks to the blocking of middle hitters Matt Sadler and Jon Wheaton, who combined for three solo blocks. The Porters, however, seemed to deflate a bit after Moran led the Set 2 comeback.

“We had match point, a few chances at it, but we just couldn’t get it done,” Lockport first-year coach Nick Mraz said. “It’s frustrating.”

Marist led 16-10 in the second set after a block by Dan Anzelmo, but Lockport rallied and took a 23-20 lead after a lift call.

Enter Moran.

“We’re looking for that senior leadership from him,” Frigo said. “Some of the guys are new to their roles, so they have some nerves, but (Moran) does a good job of keeping them mellow.”

Mike Karl led Lockport with eight kills. Adam Krzos chipped in seven kills and two aces.

Marist will be joined in the eight-team Gold Division by Andrew, Elk Grove, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North, Richards and Providence.

Lincoln-Way Central sneaked past upstart Eisenhower — which earned a nice win over Stagg to start its day — 20-25, 25-15, 15-11.

Lincoln-Way East, the tournament’s reigning champ, is on the opposite side of the bracket from Lincoln-Way North, the reigning state runner-up.



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