Boys Volleyball: Mount Carmel falls to Oak Park-River Forest
By Joshua Welge For Sun-Times Media May 30, 2014 10:46PM
Updated: May 31, 2014 4:12PM
No matter the sport, Owen Sorensen never has been shy about bringing emotion to the court.
Growing up, he played basketball that way, and it carried over to high school volleyball.
“That’s how I’ve played my whole life,” the 6-foot-4 Oak Park-River Forest middle hitter said. “I love it.”
The Huskies rode Sorensen’s emotional wave, and his strong block at the net in decisively winning Set 3 in their 25-17, 21-25, 25-13 win over Mount Carmel in Friday’s Morton sectional semifinal in Cicero.
Oak Park (16-21) never trailed in the Set 3, with blocks by Sorensen and Andrew Wierdak giving the Huskies an early boost. The Huskies took a 7-2 lead and never looked back.
“When the energy is high on the court it really gets us going,” said Sorensen, who had five kills and six blocks. “Once we got rolling there was no stopping us.”
Oak Park needed that energy after the jolt Mount Carmel’s Adam Williams gave his team in Set 2. Putting down nine of his match-high 21 kills, the outside hitter was a force in the front row.
“We didn’t do a great job in the second game; we weren’t very smart with the things we did,” Oak Park coach Don August said. “We start with a missed serve and then a couple of points later had another one, and it put him in the front row. He’s dangerous in the front row. He was incredible. We wanted to put him in the back row as much as possible.”
Mount Carmel coach Abigail Hasebroock has come to expect that kind of performance from Williams, the team MVP who will play at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati next year.
“He’s incredible,” Hasebroock said. “We’re sad to see him graduate, but he’s leaving a pretty incredible legacy for our really core of young players to aspire to. He’s an incredible athlete and wears his heart on his sleeve.”
The Caravan (11-17) did in part contribute to its demise in the third set. Mount Carmel committed nine errors, three of them on missed serves, with a line violation at match point. But Hasebroock pointed out that many of them were aggressive plays, which she could accept.
“We played the most aggressive match that we have played all year,” Hasebroock said, “and in that third game I think our errors were due to all of those plays being aggressive. We didn’t back down. We chose to swing on every ball that we could. We did have a lot of errors, but we were playing with an aggressive strategy.”
David Hancock had 18 kills for Oak Park and Brian Rains set 23 assists. Kevin Breakey had nine kills for Mount Carmel.