Thursday, October 24, 2013

The power of the Immovable Object

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

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Defensive front holds up against strong hitters
Memorial finishes 7-0 in conference dual matches
By Evan Frank, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Call it the irresistible force paradox of boys volleyball.

On Wednesday, Catholic Memorial High School answered an age-old philosophy question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

The unstoppable force stopped dead in its tracks.

In a battle between the top two teams in the Classic 8 Conference, Memorial defeated Waukesha West 25-16, 25-14, 26-24 to take the momentum it has built all season long into the postseason.

West is powered by Luke and Aaron Turner, two brothers who are known for their ability to spike the ball with great force.

But Memorial’s defensive front was able to stop a barrage of shots to overpower the hard-hitting Wolverines.

“We’ve repped blocking a lot at practice,” Memorial coach Taylor Braun said. “Past years, a team that normally blocks well, that’s what sends you further into the tournament at the end of the year.”

Senior Chandler North led
 Memorial with five blocks.

“It was definitely a strength of ours tonight,” North said. “(Senior) Aaron Siehr was a brick wall up there tonight. We attribute that to our serving. Tough serves takes (West) out of their offense and we can set up a good block on the pin hitters.”

West coach Dan Rogutich thought Memorial’s ability to put two blockers at the net hurt his team’s scoring chances.

“I knew they were tremendous blockers, but it goes back to us,” Rogutich said.
 “We actually passed fine, but that’s on centers to run a spread offense. If we don’t run a spread offense, we don’t establish the middle, which we did not. Luke and (senior) Joe Coxey took the brunt of that. They got double blocks almost every time.”

Memorial has its own share of hard hitters, but the kills were not always scored from directly in front of the net.

Junior Danny Brozynski hit a number of kills that ranged from 10 to 11 feet away from the net.

Memorial was tested in the third game when it trailed 18-11.

Brozynski didn’t seem to mind being down on the scoreboard.

“Realistically, our team’s never really bothered,” said Brozynski, who had 10 kills. “It’s probably in our heads a little bit, but our team is very mentally strong. We can come back from anything.”

They did just that.

The Crusaders went on a 10-2 run to take a 21-20 lead, and got a crucial tip over the net from Siehr to swing the

West tied it up again, but Memorial took the final two points and the match.

“We don’t like to go down that many points, but we know we have the ability to chip away, extend the game and go on and win it,” Braun said. “It’s nice to have that ability.”

The comeback for Memorial
 started with passing the ball effectively.

“Our passing let up just a little bit,” Braun said. “The guys recognized that and they made the proper adjustments to start passing the ball better which got us in the flow of our offense, which allowed us to run off
 those points.” 

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