Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way North turns back Lincoln-Way Central
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media May 7, 2014 8:48PM
Updated: May 7, 2014 10:54PM
Lincoln-Way North’s Max Lawrence is a player who understands his role.
And it’s a good thing he does, because the junior is the cousin of North coach Matt Lawrence.
“I always tell him he’s going to get beat up at family parties if he doesn’t listen,” Matt Lawrence said with a laugh.
It’s sinking in for the middle hitter. Max Lawrence put up a wall at the net Wednesday night against Lincoln-Way Central, recording seven blocks and four kills in a 25-19, 25-23 North win in a SouthWest Suburban showdown.
“Blocking is my priority,” Max Lawrence said. “Hitting is still something I need to work on as a middle, but blocking is where I can be better for my team and greatly impact the game.”
With the first set tied at 14, Max Lawrence spurred a 5-0 run with three blocks, giving North enough of a cushion to coast into Set 2.
Jake Walenga posted a match-high 14 kills, Brad McFarland had nine kills and Austin Faller had 22 assists for North (28-3, 7-0).
Kyle Trost and Connor Hipelius led Central (21-10, 3-3) with four and three blocks, respectively. Adam Sargis added four kills and Mike Kulinski dished 11 assists.
The second set was close until North went on a 8-2 surge behind four kills by Walenga. McFarland capped the scoring rush with a kill on a nice back-set from Faller.
“Last year I was only playing half a rotation,” Faller said. “Now I’m getting a lot more reps and feel like I’ve improved a lot. My location is better.”
Central was able to answer North’s second-set run behind a kill and block by Lars Torkelson, which cut the Phoenix lead 23-22. But two service errors and a Walenga kill ended the match.
Central, with a few new faces in the starting lineup, posted just 12 kills for the match.
“We’ve got to find away to put the ball down if we want to beat the elite teams like that,” Central coach Brian Danielson said.
The Knights played without the services of standout sophomore Neal Brown, who may be lost for the season because of a shoulder injury. Brown, present on the bench, said he’s going for an MRI on Thursday.