Friday, November 8, 2013

Bet North over West anyday

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Waukesha West 0

North sets CMH up to win
Senior will get to play in fourth state tourney
By Daniel Mike, Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Chandler North can remember the feeling of winning a state title.

He was only a freshman, recently brought up for the state tournament series, but North remembers vividly being there when the Catholic Memorial High School boys volleyball team won the WIAA state championship
 in 2010. Now a senior, North is leading his team back to state after the Crusaders beat Waukesha West 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 in a WIAA sectional final at Memorial on Thursday.

“I was just one of the callups, and I sat on the bench,” North said of the 2010 title. “That was a great experience. That’s where I learned everything. That’s when I got going in

It is the fourth straight trip to state
 for Memorial. The Crusaders lost in the first round each of the past two seasons, and North doesn’t want to see an early exit again.

“This year, we’re coming on hot,” he said. “(State) is what we dream about all year.”

North, who had a team-high eight kills Thursday, has been a key figure in leading CMH this season.

“We keep it loose,” North said. “At the beginning of the year, I called us a bunch of goofballs and (teammates) called me out on it,” North said. “We kept it loose. A bunch of jokes were being thrown around in warmups, and everyone came out with

“You hear crowds like this roaring, especially if you make a mistake, one mistake, and they’re on you the whole time, so it’s very important to stay loose.” 

CMH also beat West during the Classic 8 Conference regular season and tournament, so the Crusaders were prepared for the Wolverines’ top weapon: senior outside hitter Luke Turner. 

“We knew they have a very good player in Luke Turner, and we knew in order to win this game we had to slow him down,” CMH coach Taylor Braun said. “Our defense responded accordingly, and that was the key: slowing him down and running our offense.” 
Turner recorded 11 kills, but he wasn’t able to dominate the match. 

“We kind of dug ourselves in a hole every time before 10 points. We got down four or five points, and it’s hard to run back,” West coach Dan Rogutich said. “Late-game in pressure situations, you could tell Catholic Memorial’s been in those situations and we haven’t. They played phenomenal. They picked up a lot of balls that are typically kills for us.” 
West struggled with execution. Rogutich said the team executed its game plan well, but West could not convert in certain situations. 

“The game plan worked, it was just our simple executions,” the coach said. “We missed a few serves, but we had to serve aggressively. We took their middles out of it. 

“You could go into each game and pick out those four execution points where they’re trying to do the right thing. We just couldn’t execute.” 

Senior Jon Rymer had 20 assists and eight digs to lead CMH, junior Aaron Siehr had three blocks and senior Tyler Agnew had two aces. 

Junior Aaron Turner had 11 assists and two aces to lead West, and senior Joe Coxey had six digs. 

Coaches in the state tournament field will have a seed meeting to choose the top four seeds of the tournament. Those four will play a random opponent in Friday’s quarterfinal round at Wisconsin Lutheran College. 

“These guys, this was their goal from Day 1,” Braun said of a state title. “To check that off our list right here is a good thing, but we still need three more games in a row. These guys won’t be satisfied until we play Nov. 16 (in the state title game).” 

“(State) is what we dream about all year.”

– Chandler North, 
CMH senior

Photo credits: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman

Top - Catholic Memorial’s Chandler North sets the ball in the first game Thursday.

Bottom -  The Catholic Memorial boys volleyball team celebrates its sectional championship Thursday.

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