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Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East gets past Lincoln-Way North for tourney title

Updated: June 5, 2014 5:07PM



Don’t bother getting into an arms race with Lincoln-Way East. The Griffins have enough weapons to stock an armory.

Austin Royer, as consistent as ever, used his big guns on Saturday, dishing 22 assists to six different attackers as East downed Lincoln-Way North 25-22, 25-21 in the championship of East’s 24-team invitational.

“We really wanted to win and make a statement before sectionals,” said Royer, who added three kills and was named tournament MVP.

Mission accomplished.

East (28-1) navigated a brutal eight-match week, handed Lincoln-Way West its first loss of the season in the quarterfinals and didn’t drop a single set.

In the finals against North (26-3), the only team to defeat the Griffins this season, East roared out to a 12-5 advantage on a kill from Ryan Vorderer and never looked back.

“We have lots of weapons,” Vorderer said. “When we have everyone going, we’re hard to beat.”

Vorderer drilled eight kills, Nate Van Dellen contributed six kills and six digs, and Josh Phalen had 10 digs and two aces. Royer joins his brother, Nathan, as an MVP selection. Nathan Royer won the honors in 2012 as an outside hitter.

“That’s arguably the best team in the state,” North coach Matt Lawrence said. “You have to play flawless to beat them. They’re ultra talented at every position.”

All-Tournament selection Jake Walenga slammed 11 kills, three blocks and five digs for North, but slow starts in each set doomed the Phoenix. Brad McFarland, the reigning tournament MVP, contributed five kills, while Jimmy Dusek had eight digs and Austin Faller 19 assists.

Fueled by a pair of 3-0 runs from Walenga and McFarland, North cut East’s first-set lead to 22-21 on an ace from Ethan Klosak. But Van Dellen responded with a crafty tip, high-flying Aaron Reidwick notched a block and Vorderer put the match away with a kill.

“I thought Van Dellen played terrific through the whole tournament,” East coach Kris Fiore said.

The East vs. North rivalry isn’t over, however. North will look to tie the season series 2-2 on May 23.

In third-place action, Sandburg (19-8) rallied to down Lake Park 22-25, 25-22, 15-12. Paul Chmura and Neil Naughton both earned All-Tournament honors for the Eagles. Quin Krisik, a setter, was selected for Lake Park (22-6).

Lyons topped Lincoln-Way West for fifth and New Trier beat Downers Grove South for seventh.



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