Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Crusaders power way closer to state

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

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Classic 8 champ shows good balance
By Tony Mooren, Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA – Too much firepower.

That had to be the way the Madison West High School boys volleyball team is viewing the  Catholic Memorial team after the Crusaders beat the Regents 2521, 25-13, 25-12 in a WIAA sectional semifinal Tuesday.

The Crusaders had six different players account for points in each of the three games and, for the most part, it wasn’t only a single point but multiple points.

Senior Chandler North led the Classic 8 Conference champion Crusaders with six points in the first game, and he and senior Jon Rymer shared honors with five points apiece in the second game before junior Danny Brozynski went on a roll with his jump serves and accounted for eight points – six of the points off aces – in the third game.

It was, essentially, business as usual for the 9-1 Crusaders, who play Waukesha West in Thursday’s sectional final at Memorial with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

“We have weapons all the way around and have very few holes,” said Rymer, who led the team with 12 kills and four blocks. “No matter where you go with a set, we can look for a kill.”

“Balance has been one of our strengths,” Memorial coach Taylor Braun said. “At points, we have our go-to people, but spreading out our opponents favors us more.”

North and Rymer, as the Crusaders’ most experienced players, would be two of those go-to players, but there was little need to actively seek them out after the first game.

“Our game plan has always been to establish the middle early,” North said. “But everyone is playing well and we’re heating up right now. We started serving well in the second and third games and
had a lot of energy coming out of timeouts and between games – which helped our serving and especially our hitting.”

The first game was close throughout but last tied at 13-13. Madison West was within two points at 22-20 with the serve when senior Luke Wahlen got the serve back with a kill. A kill by North finally ended it.

The Crusaders trailed by as many as three points in the second game – the last time 9-6 before Braun called a timeout. Memorial outscored the Regents 19-4 the rest of the way, including the last eight points. The last seven points – a game high – came with North serving.

“Once our serving picked up, we got them to scramble and then they gave us a lot of free balls,” Braun said. “Once that happened, it was pretty much lights out.”

The third game began with Rymer taking away Madison West’s serve right away with a kill, and that put Brozynski on the service line Six points later, four of them aces, the Crusaders led 7-0.

“I have no idea where that came from,” Brozynski said. “But I do know that I wanted to make up for my earlier serving a little because I hit like five into the net.”


“Well, maybe three or four,” he said.

Brozynski later showed it was no fluke by adding two more aces in a four-point run that put his team up 18-9.

“The key to that third game is they serve-received only two people and with his jump serve and as much pace as he has, having only two people back makes him really hard to handle,” Braun said.

Senior Paul Heyrman led the team with 17 assists, while senior Dylan Allen had a team-high four digs.

Junior Aaron Siehr was consistent with multiple points in all three games, including two each in the game-ending runs in the second and third games.

“The difference was our passing and our ability to spread out everywhere, from the back or front row, from the right or left side or the middle,” Brozynski said.

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