Boys Volleyball: Waubonsie back in win column against Benet
Updated: May 17, 2012 10:58PM
Waubonsie Valley knows what it’s like to lose on senior night.
After the Warriors lost their Senior Night match on Tuesday to conference rival Neuqua Valley, the Warriors were determined to put a damper on Benet’s celebration of its graduating seniors on Thursday by topping the hosts 25-16, 25-20 in the last match of the regular season.
By securing the victory, the Warriors got back on track after losing three straight matches in the past week.
“It’s always fun to beat the home team on senior night,” said Michael Simmons, who led Waubonsie Valley with 14 kills, four blocks and six digs. “We warmed up in the other gym while the celebration was going on and we were ready to go when the game started.”
The Warriors (25-8) got off to a dynamic start, putting the game all but out of reach with a 17-4 flurry that featured exciting work by Simmons, Joe Pyne, Mike Storm and Connor Douville at the net and a pair of aces by Luke Furman.
“Our serving was strong all night,” Simmons said. “They didn’t get many clean passes off our serves and when they did we were set up with a strong block.”
According to Waubonsie Valley coach Al Lagger in explaining the team’s recent mini- slump, the Warriors were hit by some minor injuries the past week, but everyone was back to full fitness on Thursday.
“We lost three close matches where we didn’t execute down the stretch,” said Lagger. “But we were clicking here tonight.”
After getting off to a slow start, which could have had something to do with a natural letdown after Benet honored its 12 seniors, the Redwings (26-8) came to life and outscored the Warriors 11-8 for the remainder of Game 1.
The second game was close most of the way with Waubonsie finally taking the lead for good at 17-16.
“The second game was back and forth and we pushed at just the right time,” Lagger said. “Simmons is becoming an excellent leader for us.”
Waubonsie’s balanced attack included six kills by Storm and five by Pyne. Furman had 23 assists on the night.
“I thought our passing was a little off tonight,” said Benet coach Amy Van Eekeren. “And we weren’t blocking solidly which affected our defensive lineup. But give Waubonsie credit. They did a great job of serving aggressively and they played a strong match.”
Benet was led by Bobby Wehrli who had nine kills and 8 digs, and Luke Ladowski with eight kills and three digs.