Friday, September 26, 2014

Crusader Boys VB take off the Shirts

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha South 0

Late rallies helps CMH down South
Crusaders ranked fourth in state

By Dave Boehler, 
Freeman Correspondent 

WAUKESHA — Patrick Vandendriessche doesn’t mind having co-coaches leading the Catholic Memorial boys volleyball team this season, even if it brings the number of coaches he’s had to four in the last three years.

“It’s nice to have two coaches, because they both
 have different inputs,” Vandendriessche said.

So far, it’s working for cocoaches Brad Mikulice and Dan Chipman.

Catholic Memorial High School, ranked fourth in the state by the coaches’ association, improved to 3-0 in the Classic 8 Conference after a 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 victory over host Waukesha South on Thursday.

“We kind of know each other’s tendencies,” Mikulice said. “So Dan and I know that, the things that we look at that are different, we’re never going to clash. It’s not quite like a good cop, bad cop relationship, but in a way we can look at things a little bit different so we can kind of harmoniously clash, I guess you could say, to better the team. We try to look at
 it as it’s not so much one person is the head coach and the other is pitching in here and there. We both bring equal value to the team. We’re both focusing on the same thing, which is getting these kids better and better every single day.”

Vandendriessche finished with 13 kills and Danny Brozynski added 12 kills and 12 digs. Nick Potrzebowski totaled 29 assists for the Crusaders, one more than teammate Peter Aspenson.

South dropped to 0-3 in the Classic 8 despite seven kills from Dakota Hunter, 20 assists from Aaron Kalmadge and 11 digs from Zach Pittz.

The Blackshirts held their biggest lead of the night, 1914, in Game 1. But that’s when Catholic Memorial went on a 10-2 run, taking its first lead at 21-20 when South spiked the ball out of bounds.

A running save of the ball by Matt Murphy and a dig by Brozynski led to a spike from the left side from Vandendriessche for a 22-21 lead. It became 24-21 after a service ace from Aspenson and a bad pass by the Blackshirts.

A block by Tristan Stecki cut the deficit to 24-23, but Memorial got the next point on a kill from the middle by Aaron Siehr.

South coach David Riedl was asked if allowing that 10-2 run not only changed the complexion of Game 1, but the rest of the evening.

“To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that really changed anything,” Riedl said. “Catholic Memorial came out and did what the No. 4 team is supposed to do. They struggled for a bit, we played hard, and then at the end they were able to reel it back in. They’re a very good team and I was actually happy with our guys. I think the next two games we actually started out playing them tight, and then over the course of the game, we let them get a little further away.”

It was a similar pattern in Game 2, as a 6-0 run by South gave the team a 7-4 lead. But a block by Memorial’s Grant Dakovich on a kill attempt by Hunter led to the Crusader’s biggest lead of the game, 23-18.

The teams exchanged points the rest of the way.

“It’s unfortunately been our tendency to start games off slow, which is a thing we’ve been working on all season so far,” Mikulice said. “While it’s not something we wanted, it’s not exactly a shock to us that we started slow or flat here. But we called timeouts, got them in gear, let them know that they can’t let it slip away.”

Memorial didn’t have its first lead in Game 3 until a block by Dakovich made it 9-8. It was close throughout until the Crusaders tallied five of the final seven points.

“I think this year we’ve had a problem where we start slow,” Vandendriessche said. “But then we get a sense of urgency. It’s something we need to change, but I am glad we are pushing at the end of the game rather than slowing down at the end of the game.”

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