Boys Volleyball: Top 10 teams, top 50 players
Updated: March 21, 2012 7:23PM
Top 10 Teams
1. Wheaton Warrenville South – Ten players return from the 35-3 team that was upset in the sectional finals, including 6-7 Penn State recruit Matt Callaway, 6-7 Thomas Jaeschke, 6-5 MH Matt Nussbaum, 6-6 OH Tim Zyburt and L Dan Eastman.
2. Glenbard West – Six-foot-7 junior Ian Lawson amassed 440 kills in 2011 and is being touted as the best outside hitter in the state by coach Christine Giunta-Mayer. Also back are setter Alex Emanuel, L Mikey O’Dea, MH Scottie Thomas and OH Alex Kahn.
3. Barrington – Big, athletic and experienced, the Broncos are led by 6-8 MH Tommy Leonard (USC), 6-5 OH Jeff Hochstein, 6-6 MH Peter Van Fossan, L Austin Czarnecki and S Taylor Ganzer. One of only three teams to beat state champ Sandburg in 2011.
4. Glenbard East – The Rams always rank among the best in the state and 2012 will be no different with 5-9 L Matt Finder, 5-8 S Mike Heim, 6-3 OH Matt Ploke, 6-5 junior OH Joe Farrell and 6-5 MH Tim Shenkin leading the way. Watch freshman S Ben Carpio.
5. Lincoln-Way East – Four starters return from a 30-8 team including OH Nate Royer, sophomore setter Austin Royer, L Jake Tomaras and 6-5 RS Jason Garnett. Six-foot-4 OH Kevin McClafferty, a former libero, is a player to watch.
6. Benet – Bobby Wehrli, a 6-foot-5 outside hitter, was one of the best juniors around in 2011. Seniors Luke Ladowski and Kevin Weithers and juniors Sawyer Yeazel and Pat Dougherty also return. Watch 6-5 sophomore Garrett Metzger.
7. Downers Grove North – Setter Zack Parik is recovering from an ACL tear suffered during the soccer season, but Chris George is a better than adequate replacement. Morton transfer Paul Novosyolov provides another weapon.
8. Providence – Six-foot-9 Marty Ross (U. of the Pacific) should see the ball early and often. Also back from last year’s regional winner are L Tim Becker, junior MH Brendan Surane and OH Zac Magaliones. A season opener at Marist should tell a lot.
9. Plainfield North – There are few better athletes on a volleyball court than 5-10 setter Matt Guerreri, who was named the Suburban Prairie MVP in 2011. Also back from last year’s 28-5 team are attackers Jake Barber, Peter Bednarz and Eric Rash.
10. Vernon Hills – The four-time defending North Suburban Conference champions return 6-6 Thomas Robinson and 6-5 Martin Niemczewski from last year’s 37-5 third-place finisher, but will need help from sophomores Ryan Opitz, Michael Heinz and Max Spiglanin.
Top 50 players
Mario Asencio, 6-1, Sr., S, Loyola
Scott Adamczyk, 5-10, Sr., L, Maine South
Patrick Bedford, 6-4, Sr., OH, Glenbrook North
Peter Bednarz, 6-1, Sr., OH, Plainfield North
Nick Bendell, 5-10, Jr., S, Sandburg
Dustin Borenstein, 6-3, Jr., OH, Highland Park
Chris Bulava, 6-7, Sr., OH, Loyola
Matt Callaway, 6-7, Sr., MH, Wheaton Warrenville South
Tom Caputo, 6-2, Sr., MH, Addison Trail
Alex Cook, 6-1, Sr., OH, New Trier
Austin Czarnecki, 5-8, Sr., L, Barrington
Jason Dolinski, 6-7, Sr., MB, Lyons
Alex Emanuel, 5-11, Sr. S, Glenbard West
Joseph Farrell, 6-5, Jr., OH, Glenbard East
Scott Fifer, 6-2, Sr., S, Sandburg
Matt Finder, 5-9, Sr., L, Glenbard East
Jason Fleischman 6-4, Sr., RS, Stevenson
Luke Furman, 6-1, Jr., S, Waubonsie Valley
Taylor Ganzer, 6-0, Sr., S, Barrington
Matt Guerrieri, 5-9, Sr., L, Plainfield North
Marc Hansen, 6-1, Jr., OH, Oak Lawn
Okello Hope, 6-3, Sr., OH, Whitney Young
Thomas Jaeschke, 6-6, Sr., OH, Wheaton Warrenville South
Alex Kahn, 6-2, Sr., OH, Glenbard West
Ian Lawson, 6-7, Sr., OPP, Glenbard West
Tommy Leonard, 6-8, Sr., MH, Barrington
Gert Lisha, 6-6, Jr., S, Naperville North
Freddy Miller, 6-5, Sr., MB, Oswego
Wesley Morioka, 6-1, Sr., OH, Northside Prep
Tony Natalino, 6-3, Sr., MH, Marist
Martin Niemczewski, 6-5, Sr., OH, Vernon Hills
Paul Novosylov, 6-3, Sr., OH, Downers Grove North
Matthew Nussbaum, 6-4, Sr., MH, Wheaton Warrenville South
Ryan Paull, 6-7, Jr., MH, Brother Rice
Piotr Rafalo, 6-8, Sr., MH, Glenbrook South
Bobby Renaud, 5-11, Sr., OH, Andrew
Thomas Robinson, 6-6, Sr., OH, Vernon Hills
Diego Rodriguez-Guerrios, 6-3, Sr., S, Oak Park
Patrick Ronan, 5-8, Sr., L, Aurora West
Marty Ross, 6-9, Sr., MH, Providence
Nathan Royer, 6-1, Sr., OH, Lincoln-Way East
Spencer Sauter, 6-6, Sr., OH. Naperville North
Jacob Schmiegelt, 6-6, Sr., MH, Willowbrook
Tim Shenkin, 6-5, Sr., MH, Glenbard East
Jake Tomaras, 6-0, Sr., L, Lincoln-Way East
J.P. Tulacka, 6-7, Sr., MH, Downers Grove North
Sam Wacker, 6-7. Sr., MH, Buffalo Grove
Bobby Walsh, 6-7, Sr., MH, Mt. Carmel
Bobby Wehrli, 6-5, Sr., OH, Benet
John Yerkes, 6-1, Sr., OH, Marist