Boys Volleyball: Lockport regroups to beat Oak Forest
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 9, 2014 10:32PM
A first-set yellow card on Lockport coach Nick Mraz seemed to ignite the Porters Wednesday night at Oak Forest.
The Lockport bench responded with a roar and the Porters regrouped for a 22-25, 25-23, 25-11 victory behind four kills and six block assists from outside hitter Mike Karl.
“It was fun to see our coach get the yellow card — we loved that,” Karl said. “It really picked up the energy for us.”
Adam Krzos led Lockport (7-3) with six kills. Middle hitters Jon Wheaton and Matt Sadler added five apiece.
The Porters were in trouble early as Oak Forest (6-4) wailed away from the outside. The tides turned when Lockport amped up the energy and improved its defense at the net.
“Our blocks have probably been the best part of our game this year,” Karl said. “When they’re on, we’re good. But when they’re off, we tend to fall a bit short. (Wednesday) they were on and we shut them down. They got down on themselves and we didn’t let up.”
Jeff Sprayberry continued his assault at the net with 15 kills for the Bengals.The senior now has 113 kills with just 30 attack errors on the season. Dylan Ross chipped in 11 kills and Matt Staehlin had 31 assists.
“Those servers are the toughest we’ve seen all year,” Mraz said. “They’ve got some tough players over there.”
Sprayberry tied the second set at 20-20 after going off a blocker, but Vince Smithwick posted two kills in a four-point span before Sadler put the finishing touches on the set with a kill of his own.
“Lockport is scrappy,” Oak Forest coach Lee Rucinski said. “Any team that scraps is going to give us a challenge.”
Lockport never relented in Set 3, taking a 5-1 lead on a kill form Krzos. Blocks from Wheaton and Karl gave the Porters leads of 10-4 and 18-7, respectively.
“We have some great individuals, but if everyone is playing as individual, we don’t win,” Rucinski said. “The kids stopped celebrating the big kills and got into their own little world.”