Boys Volleyball: Brother Rice outlasts Providence
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 14, 2014 8:38PM
Brother Rice's Kevin Myren (22) hits as Providence's Tanner Zielinski and Dan Niemiec defend.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 16, 2014 6:26AM
While Mitch Weiler and Kevin Myren are the undisputed head honchos of Brother Rice’s attack, a change in position for David Kelly has helped diversify the Crusaders’ offense.
Kelly went from libero to outside hitter, giving Brother Rice a valuable six-rotation player who can do a little bit of everything. Kelly recorded four kills and six digs Monday night against Providence in Brother Rice’s 25-15, 25-20 Catholic League victory.
The best part of the position switch?
“I get to hit,” Kelly said, “and it’s been fun being able to be on the court the whole time. I have a lot more reps with the ball.”
It’s no surprise that Kelly took to a new position quickly. The 5-foot-11 senior is ranked No. 2 in his class and will attend Notre Dame in the fall.
“Being able to learn quickly is probably my biggest asset,” Kelly said. “Our libero, Zach Rothstein, has stepped up and made it a lot easier on me, too, because I don’t have to worry about helping out other places.”
Dan Hayes distributed nine assists, Matt Mandermach had four kills and Brandon Vida three for Brother Rice (13-2, 3-0). Weiler and Myren combined for three kills and three blocks in the first set but sat in the second.
Tim Doughney led Providence (6-11, 1-2) with seven kills and some tough serving. Dan Niemec added two kills and Bryan Grill had six assists. Providence was without the services of starting outside Zach Lake, who sat out because of an injury.
“It’s a talented group, but we start out slow,” Providence coach Brett Krapil said. “It’s a factor that’s been hurting us, and until the guys figure that out, it’s going to keep being the same outcome.”