Friday, October 4, 2013

Boys VB in Conference Lead

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


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CMH takes Classic 8 lead
Winning marathon first set propels Crusaders past KM
By Tom Badger, Freeman Correspondent 

WALES – An extra point, a setter dump and the call for Paul.

All three were instrumental Thursday as the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team improved to 4-0 in the Classic 8 Conference with a 30-28, 25-22, 25-15 victory over host Kettle Moraine.

The Crusaders, 5-1 overall, lead conference with a one-match lead over Waukesha West and Arrowhead. The Lasers are 2-2 in the Classic 8.

The first game was the best game.

Tied for the ninth time at 18-18,
 Kettle Moraine edged ahead 21-18 and 23-20 after KM senior Mitchel Oleson delivered a monster kill. Memorial rallied for two straight when a KM serve went long, and CMH junior Patrick Vandendriessche connected on a kill to the far corner.

After a Memorial serve hit the net, the Lasers were up 24-22 and serving for the game. Memorial hung tough and got a block from Vandendriessche and a tip point from senior Luke Wahlen to tie it 24-24.

“We’re a tough, gritty team, and when we get our backs pushed up against the wall we push right back,” Memorial first-year coach Taylor Braun said. “Our ball control has been our key this whole year. It was shaky tonight at times but, when we needed to, we locked it down.”

Not before the game was tied 28-28.

After a KM shot died in the net, CMH senior Chandler North won the game in extra points with a smash to the corner.

“It takes a great team to come back in someone else’s gym after being down the entire match,” Braun said. “Once we took the advantage and lost the advantage again, it takes even a better team to make that second push and go get it.”

“Winning that first game gave us all the momentum going into Game 2,” North said. “The winner was one that I cut back into the 1 Zone to kind of beat the defense. It was a big lift for us.”

So was the return of CMH senior Paul Heyrman in the second game.

After the Crusaders jumped out to a 14-7 lead, Heyrman entered the game for the first time this season. Heyrman is recovering from a knee injury he sustained over the summer. Although he played only two points – both serves – the return cheered up the entire team and Memorial’s fans.

“Paul is right there,” Braun said. “Next week, we’ll be looking to start playing him more on a fulltime basis. Everyone loves Paul, so when he’s out on the court it brings something else to the game.”

With Memorial ahead 2010, Kettle Moraine stormed back and pulled to within 2322. With senior Michael Orgas serving four CHM kills soared long, leading to seven straight KM points.

A KM net violation was followed by a setter’s dump – a misdirection touch shot – by Rymer for the game-winner.

The shot hit nothing but floor.

“I’m not skillfully the best setter, but having a high volleyball IQ is something I do have and I can bring that to setter’s position,” Jon Rymer said. “It’s always a nice tool to have to open up the offense even more.”

“Jon is very cerebral when it comes to setting,” Braun said. “He plays the game well physically, but mentally he is always one step ahead of everyone else. What separates us is that we have a weapon at every position.”

Memorial rolled in the third game for a 25-15 decision.

Rymer led Memorial with 25 assists, while North had 11 kills and three aces.

Orgas led KM with 17 assists, and junior Macs Washkovick had eight kills.

“If that first game goes in our favor, I think we would have played a long night because our guys would have been confident,” KM coach Tom Gulak said. “Although we came back, psychologically I could see that the wind was knocked from our sails at the start of the second game. We’re a young team, and we’re still trying to figure this game out at the high level against good teams like the best team in the state right here.”

Memorial was ranked No. 1 in the state in the most recent coaches’ poll.

“Our goal is to win conference and this is another step in the right direction for us,” North said.

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