Friday, September 6, 2013

Prep Preview - Boys Volleyball

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Early injury alters first-year coach’s plan 
Braun shuffling setters for CMH
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Taylor Braun entered his first season as a head coach with an idea of the team he had inherited.

But the first-year Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball coach has had to alter his plans a bit when one of his most important players, senior Paul Heyrman, tore an anterior cruciate ligament over the summer.

Heyrman, who was a second- team All-Classic 8 Conference setter last season, is rehabilitating the injury in hopes of avoiding surgery and playing with a brace later in the season.

“But it will be a couple of weeks until he’s back,” said Braun, who was previously the freshman coach at Middleton. “He’s going to try to
 play through it.”

Senior Jon Rymer was a rightside hitter last season, but he will step into the setter’s role to begin the year. Also returning from last season are senior middle/rightside hitter Chandler North, senior
 libero Dylan Allen and junior outside hitter Danny Brozynski. 

“We’re looking strong, returning some big pieces, but Paul being hurt hinders things a bit,” Braun said. “So far we’ve been able to shuffle pieces around and haven’t skipped a beat. John has picked up setting so far.”

The Crusaders lost first-team all-conference pick Eric Schmitz to graduation along with outside hitter Trevor Norton. Braun is expecting junior middle hitter Aaron Seihr and junior outside hitter Patrick Vandendriessche to make some varsity contributions this season.

“We’re looking to improve on our conference showing last year,” Braun said. “We’re looking to make a push for the conference title and make it to state.”

CMH went 5-2 to tie for second in the Classic 8 behind Muskego, and the Crusaders finished third in the league tournament.

“Waukesha West should have a good team with the Turner brothers (Aaron and Luke), and KM is always a threat with coach (Tom) Gulak. His teams are always playing super well by the end of the year Arrowhead normally throws together a good team as well.”

Braun is confident his team can compete with the rest of the Classic 8, and he’s enjoying the opportunity to coach at his alma mater.

“I’m making the transition from a Madison-area school, where volleyball is still good, but it’s a completely different vibe in the Milwaukee area,” Braun said. “We have more kids playing club and it’s a higher competition level.

“Getting back into that more competitive atmosphere is good.”

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