Boys Volleyball: Sandburg knocks off Lincoln-Way West
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media May 5, 2014 10:58PM
Sandburg is getting hot at the right time.
After their third-place showing at the 24-team Lincoln-Way East Invitational on Saturday, the Eagles handed Lincoln-Way West just its third loss of the season on Monday night.
Paul Chmura and Neil Naughton had 10 kills apiece and Sandburg triumphed 25-16, 16-25, 25-20 in Orland Park.
The Eagles (20-8) have won eight of their last nine contests.
“It could have went either way,” Chmura said. “They’re a great team. We ended up coming out on top because we started putting the ball down.”
Dan Tynski had eight kills, Ian Zalewski dished 30 assists and Eric Krause patrolled the back row with eight digs for Sandburg.
Michael Wexter paced West (20-3) with eight kills and 24 assists. Tony Prospero put away nine kills, Jake Gasparich had seven and Jon Adlington had a monster second set and finished with six blocks.
“Wexter is an excellent player. Gasparich is a good player,” said Chmura, noting the Eagles scouted West over the weekend. “We mainly wanted to watch those two and stay in system.”
The first two sets couldn’t have been more different. Sandburg started hot and took a 13-4 lead on a kill from Tynski. West looked flatter than a month-old can of cola.
“Coming off a big weekend at the East tournament and then our prom, we just didn’t have the energy the first game,” Prospero said. “The difference (in the second set) was that everyone worked together. The passing was better and Jake Martin did a phenomenal job in the back row.”
Martin finished with a match-high 15 digs and catalyzed a quick-set attack to middle hitters Gasparich and Adlington in Set 2. West finished sixth in Saturday’s loaded tournament.
“They’re an underrated team, for sure,” Sandburg coach Sean Airola said.
In the third set, Sandburg took a 14-11 lead on a block from Naughton. West came back with four straight points for a 15-14 advantage, but Sandburg went on a 3-0 run highlighted by a one-handed set from Zalewski for a Chmura kill.
A Tynski kill made it 23-20 Sandburg, effectively putting the match out of reach.
“We came into this match with a lot of momentum,” Tynski said. “We had a lot of different people step up.”