Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East outlasts Sandburg
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 21, 2014 9:06PM
The Lincoln-Way East wall of Austin Royer (16), Aaron Redweik (18) and Ryan Vorderer (14) block the Sandburg attack. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 23, 2014 6:25AM
Lincoln-Way East rescinded its invitation to the Sandburg block party.
After failing to use the middle of the floor in dropping Set 1, the Griffins broke down Sandburg’s wall at the net with a diverse attack that saw four hitters notch at least seven kills.
Middle hitter Aaron Redweik starred with a career-high 12 kills — included back-to-back daggers in the third set — and East won 28-30, 25-15, 25-17 Monday night in a SouthWest Suburban crossover.
“We just had to run different hitters,” Redweik said. “That’s what Mr. (Kris) Fiore said, to get the middle hitters involved so we can run other people and not just depend on our outsides.”
The high-flying Redweik made his biggest mark in the closing set. He gave East (19-1, 2-0) a 15-12 advantage with a putaway and later sparked a 10-1 surge with two big kills after Sandburg grabbed a 16-15 lead on a block by Neil Naughton and Ian Zalewski.
Ryan Vorderer posted 14 kills and 13 digs, Austin Royer dished 41 assists and Nate Van Dellen had nine kills and three aces for East.
“It’s comforting to know that anyone can put a ball away,” Redweik said. “You can trust Austin 100 percent. He fools us in practice even, he’s such a good setter.”
Paul Chmura led Sandburg (12-7, 0-2) with 13 kills. Naughton added 10 and Dan Tynski had eight. Zalewski dished 32 assists and had 12 digs for the Eagles, who have dropped consecutive three-set matches to arguably the top two teams in the state in East and Lincoln-Way North.
“(Blocking) really controls our game,” Sandburg coach Sean Airola said. “If we block well and pass well, we’re a pretty good team. If we don’t do those things, and if we let our serve-receive go down the tube, that’s what happens.”
East’s Brett Fuessel contributed all seven of his kills over the second and third set.
“(Fuessel) came in and was huge,” Fiore said. “I told the guys he was player of the game. His offense off the bench ... and Redweik. That was probably (Redweik’s) best overall match of the season.”