Disappointed with its serving in the first game of Wednesday’s Northside Regional championship match against Prospect, the Glenbrook North boys volleyball team controlled its frustration during the three-minute intermission between games and proceeded to break the Knights’ will.
In doing so, the No. 2 Spartans cruised to a 25-19, 25-7 victory and a regional title.
“I felt like the second game we played really well as a team; compared to the first game, obviously much better,” Glenbrook North’s Jakub Barabus said. “I saw a spark that second game. It started with the serving. We started serving it tough and they couldn’t really pass our serves. I had a run of serves, and then Luke (Jacobson) had a run of serves near the end and they just couldn’t pass us.”
Barabus served seven consecutive points in the second game, stretching the Spartans’ lead to 14-4.
Glenbrook North (34-3) and Prospect split the next four points before Jacobson served seven consecutive points to guide the Spartans to their 10th regional title in coach Chris Cooper’s 10 years at the helm of the program.
“I could totally feel (Prospect getting down),” said Barabus of the effect Glenbrook North’s serving had in the second game. “We could feel they didn’t want to be on the court.”
Glenbrook North, who received 18 assists and four kills from setter Kyle Bedford, advanced to the Glenbrook North Sectional semifinal by defeating Prospect. The Spartans will play Loyola, who beat New Trier, 26-24, 25-23 to win the Wheeling Regional, at 6:30 p.m. Friday.