Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Boys Volleyball Recap

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

VOLLEYBALL State Boys Tournament

Memorial dominates
Crusaders don’t lose a game in completing volleyball sweep for school

MILWAUKEE – Catholic Memorial High School completed a volleyball sweep Saturday. A week after the Memorial girls team repeated as WIAA Division 2 state champion, the Crusaders won the state boys championship Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The boys team defeated Marquette 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 in the championship match and wound up sweeping all three of its state tournament opponents. Earlier Saturday, Memorial beat Westosha Central 25-11, 25-2, 25-19 in the semifinals, and the Crusaders won 25-19, 25-9, 25-23 over Kaukauna in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Memorial, which finished the season as the state’s top-ranked team, won its second state title in its seventh appearance in the state tournament. The Crusaders also won in 2000. CMH, which had a 31-3 record and won the Classic 8 Conference championship this season, was led Saturday by state Player of the Year Trevor Novotny, a junior who had 18 kills and six digs in the championship match after getting 27 kills in the semifinals.

Marquette, which beat Wauwatosa East 27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12 in the semifinals, is the most successful boys volleyball program in the state, having been to state nine times with five championships. The Hilltoppers finished 39-7 this season.

Senior Kevin Koprowski had nine kills, sophomore Tony Mack eight kills and junior Tim Heyrman 40 assists for Memorial in the title match. Westosha, in its first state tournament, finished 25-7 as it was no match for Memorial, which got 11 digs from senior Dan Casper, nine digs from senior Casey Garces and from junior Connor Braun and 36 assists from Heyrman.

With Novotny, Heyrman, Braun and Mack among the Crusaders expected back next season, CMH probably will be favored to repeat in 2011.

– Freeman Staff

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