Boys Volleyball: Barrington starts fast, rolls by Fremd
With such imposing size and skill on its frontline, the Barrington boys volleyball team has proved, among other things, its way with an early lead this season.
The No. 10 Broncos jumped out to a six-point advantage against Fremd Tuesday night behind six consecutive points served by senior Charlie Kingwill. Kingwill had four aces during that stretch, squarely shifting the match’s momentum to the home team.
Barrington would never relinquish that momentum, or trail, en route to a 25-18, 25-14 victory.
“He was the difference in Game 1,” said Barrington coach Rob Ridenour of Kingwill. “Other than that, it was a pretty even Game 1. He had that little six-point run that gave us a little bit of breathing room.”
After Kingwill’s serving run, Barrington’s frontline took over. Tommy Leonard, a 6-foot-8 USC recruit, had nine kills in the match. Outside hitters Jeff Hochstein and Kevin Eiring had four kills apiece for Barrington (26-6, 10-0 Mid-Suburban League West).
While the Broncos’ size provided copious problems for Fremd (11-16, 5-5 MSL West), their passing was also exceptionally crisp. Taylor Ganzer recorded 17 assists, while Austin Czarnecki had seven digs.
“We’re a big team,” Hochstein said. “We’ve got a lot of big guys (and) with good sets we can hit over the blocks sometimes, so that helps a lot. We’re taller than most teams — there are a couple teams that have the same height as us — but it’s not just our height. We have Austin, our libero, passing ridiculously. It’s height combined with really good ball control.”