Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way East rolls past Edwardsville
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media June 6, 2014 6:22PM
Lincoln-Way East's Nate Van Dellen (10) during the first game of Friday's quarterfinal match against Edwardsville at Hoffman Estates High School, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., June 6, 2014. Lincoln-Way East won the match, 25-12, 25-11. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media
At Hoffman Estates High School
Lake Park def. New Trier 25-16, 26-24
Lincoln-Way East def.
Edwardsville 25-12, 25-11
Warren def. Payton 27-25, 25-19
Glenbard West def. Morton
Lincoln-Way East (39-1) vs. Lake Park (33-6), 10 a.m.
Warren (27-13) vs. Glenbard West (34-6), 11 a.m.
Third place, 4 p.m.
Championship, 5:15 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2014 5:41PM
Lincoln-Way East didn’t face much adversity in its state quarterfinal match against Edwardsville on Friday afternoon at Hoffman Estates.
Case in point was Set 2.
During a scramble, East’s Nate Van Dellen ad-libbed by kicking the ball into the air. It didn’t seem to matter. Ryan Vorderer came flying in for one of his match-high seven kills, giving Van Dellen the assist and East a 9-4 lead.
“Everything was going our way from the start,” Vorderer said. “It really worked out. That (kick) was just a fun play to have.”
Vorderer put away his seven kills on 10 attacks, Van Dellen added five kills and East dismantled Edwardsville 25-12, 25-11 to move on to the state semifinals for the first time since 2007.
The Griffins (39-1) will meet Lake Park (33-6) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hoffman Estates. The winner advances to the state championship at 5:30 p.m.
East topped Lake Park 27-25, 25-16 in the semifinals of the Griffins’ 24-team invite on May 3.
Josh Phalen added three digs and five assists in Friday’s match, and Austin Royer contributed 11 kills, two blocks and an ace. The Griffins received kills from eight different players, including three from reserve Brett Fuessel.
“I think our serving was pretty spot-on,” East coach Kris Fiore said. “We were able to scout Edwardsville and we knew the people we wanted to serve the ball to get them out of system. That made it easier on our blockers.”
Edwardsville, which was below .500 midway through the season, entered the state quarterfinals having won 12 of 13 matches. The Tigers (21-13) were led by four kills apiece from Brandon Davis and Will Frank.
“We wanted to keep the big kid, Will Frank, from getting on a roll like he did against Plainfield Central,” Fiore said. “We did a good job with that.”
Solid blocking was key. The Griffins posted four solo blocks and 11 block assists in the two-set match.
“I thought (East’s) block was something more impressive than their attacking,” Edwardsville coach Andrew Bersett said. “They fly and adjust to balls.”
Edwardsville logged more than 275 miles to make the trip to Hoffman Estates. It’s match against Plainfield Central for the Bolingbrook Sectional crown was a 250-mile drive. Bersett dismissed any notion of the travel impacting his group.
“I was telling the kids that those are first-world problems — taking a charter twice a week to play volleyball,” Bersett said.