Boys Volleyball: WW South remains unbeaten, wins Downers South Invite
Updated: April 21, 2012 6:01PM
Wheaton Warrenville South’s Thomas Jaeschke said the Tigers still have room for improvement.
Jaeschke had 11 kills, Matt Callaway added six kills and three blocks, Tim Zyburt had seven kills and Kit Bruzek distributed 24 assists as No. 1 WW South crushed Glenbard East 25-8, 25-12 to win the Mustang Invitational Saturday at Downers Grove South.
After the Tigers (22-0) opened Game 1 with six consecutive points, the closest the Rams got was 8-5 in Game 2. That was followed by a 9-2 WW South run that featured four kills by the 6-8 Callaway.
But the Tigers were not satisfied.
“I think we can still play better,” Jaeschke said. “This is a building block. We’re still moving forward, we’re still getting better. You always want to put your best effort out there. We really came together well today. It was a complete effort.”
Jaeschke said the key to the title match romp against Glenbard East, which WW South beat 25-17, 25-16 in DuPage Valley Conference play on Thursday, was communicating and limiting mental errors.
“When you cut down on your mental errors, everything else flows a lot better,” he said. “When you talk a lot, everything else flows better. We just talked well at the net, we talked well in the back line. It was good.”
WW South coach Bill Schreier said the Tigers built momentum throughout the day after a slow start against New Trier (25-16, 25-21) in the quarterfinals at 8:00 a.m. and a little better performance against Lyons in the semifinals (25-10, 25-16).
“We kept building up all day,” Schreier said. “It’s a tribute to them wanting to be better and wanting to work hard to be better. That makes all the difference. Each one talks about how much they want to get better. That makes the coaching piece pretty easy when they want to keep working hard.
“This team wants to rise to the challenge,” he added. “I think that’s what we’ve seen this week. Whether it was Thursday or whether it was today, this group is focused on the task at hand…not next Tuesday, not next Wednesday, not wherever. It’s this match right now.”
Tim Shenkin had five kills and two assists for Glenbard East (18-4), which reached the title match with a 25-21, 25-19 victory over Naperville North in the quarterfinals and a 25-21, 25-21 victory over Glenbrook South in the semifinals.
“The start hurt us,” Glenbard East coach Marci Maier said. “We started off down 0-5 again and that’s not the way you need to start against these guys. Our demeanor was not good throughout the entire match. That’s something that’s going to have to be worked on before we play them again.”
Glenbrook South (10-5), which avenged an earlier loss to Maine South (11-5) with a 25-23, 25-21 quarterfinal win, defeated Lyons (10-6) 25-17, 25-22 for third place. Naperville North (14-7) took fifth place, defeating New Trier (14-8) 24-26, 25-21, 26-24.