Boys Volleyball: Lyons lights up Hinsdale South
Updated: April 12, 2012 9:23PM
Thursday night was for the “brothers.”
That’s the nickname veteran Lyons coach Joann Pyritz has given her reserves. During the girls volleyball season, Pyritz even calls those reserves “sisters.”
No matter what you call them, Lyons’ easy win in the first set allowed Pyritz to experiment with different lineups on the floor in the second set. Lyons won for the sixth time in eight matches with a 25-12, 25-18 victory over visiting Hinsdale South in a nonconference match.
The Hornets (3-14) played without coach Billson Rasavongxay, who missed the match after his wife gave birth to their first child, a girl, on Wednesday. Assistant coach Marty Nelson took over the team and will continue to coach until Rasavongxay returns at an undetermined date.
Junior Robbie Mead led Hinsdale South with seven kills despite playing a portion of the match at libero. He returned to his usual outside hitting position later in the match.
“With a team like LT, you have to do everything right,” Nelson said.
Hinsdale South lost its first seven matches of the season, but picked up two wins at the Glenbard East Invitational April 7.
“We are on our fifth different rotation of the season,” Nelson said. “We keep trying things until something clicks. We did well at Glenbard East. We went 2-3 there with wins over Wheeling and Conant, a couple of pretty big schools.”
Lyons (7-3) came off its biggest win of the season, a 25-19, 25-20 victory April 10 at No. 7 Downers Grove North. Lyons plays at Lake Park Monday after losing to Lake Park 25-17, 25-19 March 23 at the Conant Invitational. There is a chance Lyons could see Lake Park again at the Downers Grove South Invitational April 20-21.
Lyons scored at least six consecutive points before earning match point on a Mead hitting error. Luka Chemmachel had a kill for the Hornets to delay the end of the match with Lyons leading 24-18, but Aidan Spangler’s kill off Michael Pajkos’ assist was the clincher.
Kevin McMahon led Lyons with seven kills while the team kills leader, 6-6 Jason Dolinski, added five kills.
“I’m glad we were able to still win,” Pyritz said. “We were able to get the brothers in the game. It’s fun for them. They work hard.”