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Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East tops Lincoln-Way West in three sets

Updated: June 15, 2014 6:39AM



East wasn’t at its best, but the Griffins still were able to get the better of West in a battle of Lincoln-Ways on Tuesday night in New Lenox.

Lincoln-Way East overcame a dozen errors in Set 1 and withstood a furious rally by Lincoln-Way West in Set 3 to defeat its SouthWest Suburban Conference rival for the second time this season, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22.

“It was not pretty,” East coach Kris Fiore said. “We dug ourselves a hole in Game 1, and on top of that, I think we served maybe just a little above 50 percent, which cannot happen when you’re trying to dig yourself out of a hole that you’ve put yourself in, especially against a good team.

“They (West) played well, especially in Game 3. We just had to clean it up on our side, pick up our defensive effort and cut out some of the errors.”

West (21-4, 6-2) dominated the first set, taking advantage of East’s erratic play to build leads of 13-6, 17-9 and 21-12 before East made a token run at the end.

“Nothing was really going our way,” East’s Ryan Vorderer said. “They were playing great defense. They just kept sending the ball back to us and we’d make an error. They jumped on us and we weren’t ready for it.”

East (31-1, 8-0) rebounded to take Set 2 by breaking an 11-all tie with a 13-3 run. East’s Mike Rossetto (2 kills, 3 blocks) and a late flurry of West miscues contributed to the run.

A block by Nate Van Dellen gave the Griffins a seemingly safe 17-12 lead in the third set, but the Warriors fought back to within 23-22 by utilizing a few well-placed tips by Jake Gasparich and Jon Adington.

“We were trying to defend the tip, too, it just seems that they were hitting some shots,” Fiore said. “That happens in volleyball. You can’t cover the whole court.”

East finally quelled the West comeback with back-to-back kills by Nate Van Dellen and Aaron Redweik.

Vorderer led East with 17 kills and eight digs. Van Dellen added nine kills and 20 digs, Redweik had five kills, Rossetto finished with four kills and three blocks, and Austin Royer added 32 assists, four kills and four digs.

Adington and Tony Prospero each had eight kills for West, which also got 24 assists, 10 digs and five kills from Michael Wexter, 22 digs from Jake Martin and six kills and four blocks from Gasparich.

“It was a great match to watch,” West coach Rory Olson said. “There was some great volleyball. East is a very composed team. It takes a lot to battle with hitters at that level, who can maintain their composure through everything.

“It’s a testament to both teams how hard of a battle it was.”



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