Boy Volleyball: Alex Bressler dishes as Payton rolls over LanePayton's Earl Schultz. Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 12, 2012 7:59PM
Payton setter Alex Bressler knows that for his team to be successful everybody is going to have to hold their own weight. The Grizzlies were able to do that and more on Thursday as they rolled to a 25-14, 25-7 win over Lane.
“We have an incredible amount of talent in our hitters this year,’’ Bressler said. “They’ve all stepped up, especially our middles. We’ve been working on spreading the ball around because it makes each player’s job easier when everyone is succeeding at a high level.’’
The match was one of runs, as Payton (7-2, 3-0 Gold) used 7-0 and 9-3 bursts to run away with Game 1. As Bressler stated, it was an equal distribution on his part, as he dished out assists to Derick Elkin (two kills in Game 1), Earl Schultz (four), Hans Friedl (two) and Perry Howell (four).
Game 2 was more of the same, as it featured Payton runs of 6-0 to start the set and 10-3 in the middle of the set to put the match out of reach.
But it was more than just the hitting arms that led the hosts to victory. Tough serves led to a total of 11 aces in the match, including two by Bressler to end the match.
“A big focus in practice is on serving,’’ said Bressler, who finished with 20 assists. “Everyone can get a good serve in, but keeping it up consistently takes a lot of focus. When you start off with good focus in a game or a practice, that bodes well for the rest of the aspects of the game.’’