Friday, October 18, 2013

Boys VB clinch share of C8 title

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

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Heyrman’s return sparks Crusaders
Setter helps CMH clinch share of title
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent 
WAUKESHA – Paul Heyrman had it easy – easier at least.

Lucas Jorgensen didn’t.

That was a big part of the reason that the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team remained unbeaten and clinched at least a share of the Classic 8 Conference championship with a 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 victory over Mukwonago on Thursday.

Heyrman, a senior setter playing for the first time this season after coming back from a preseason anterior cruciate ligament injury, picked up 22 assists. But more importantly, he didn’t have to travel very far to deliver his sets.

Jorgensen, a junior setter
 for the Indians, didn’t have that luxury.

“Our setter was chasing the ball all over the court and it was tough to find a rhythm,” Mukwonago coach Tim Kujawa said. “We did a lot of nice things, and when we dug deep and controlled the ball we ran our offense. But it was a matter of consistency.”

The Crusaders, 6-0 in the Classic 8, had that and plenty of balance.

“For our team, that’s our calling card,” Memorial coach Taylor Braun said. “A lot of teams have one or two guys, but we can rely on every one of our hitters to put the ball away. It’s a luxury.”

A great example came in the first game when Braun started seven seniors, which led to usual libero Dylan Allen leading the team with five points as an outside hitter.

“Part of that (switch) was just to get all the seniors on
 the court,” Braun said. “Plus, he’s always begging me during practice to let him get some outside swings, so I let his dreams come true.” 

Senior Luke Wahlen backed Allen up with three points.

Overall, junior Danny Brozynski led the team with 11 kills, while senior Chandler North had three blocks and two aces and Allen finished with five digs once he moved back to his libero position.

For North, the league title share is his third in four seasons – the one miss coming last season.

“Winning conference was a goal of ours, and now we have at least a share,” he said. “We played pretty error-free, had a really balanced offense and it was nice to have Paulie back. He can do things most setters can’t do.”

“He adds a completely different dimension to the team,” Braun said of Heyrman. “Mentally, he brings a lot to the court and the difference in the match was our ball control and not having our setter run all over the place. It was a good first step to get him into a good rhythm.”

Brozynski didn’t get onto the court until the second game, and while not exactly foaming at mouth to get in he
 admitted, “I was obviously itching to play. I understood why I wasn’t, but I just love playing. It was nice to have the seniors start and everyone contributed no matter where they were playing. It was a fun night. It’s great to have at least a share of the title.”

Brozynski impacted the second game immediately with four kills in an 8-0 starting run off Heyrman’s serve.

North and senior Jon Rymer then got in their licks with four points apiece in the easy 25-11 victory.

Junior Patrick Vandendriesshe led the third-game assault with five points, while junior Aaron Siehr and Brozynski had four points apiece.

“They have a strong program and have always been consistent,” Kujawa said. “We had a few rallies and they did, too – which you don’t see too often in men’s volleyball, but they were more consistent.”

Mukwonago had 20 oneand- done services, while Memorial had 14.

Senior Matthew Green led Mukwonago with nine kills, while libero Joseph Nyback had 11 digs and junior middle blocker Caleb Wildeman had four kills and two aces.

“It feels really good, especially for the seniors, to have at least a title share,” Braun said. “For the seniors, not winning last year was a big disappointment and a big thing on their to-do list this season.”

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