Boys Volleyball: Balanced Metea Valley knocks out Devils

Updated: May 21, 2012 9:10PM

Chad Martin knows that in order for Metea Valley to win, the Mustangs need a balanced attack.

Martin, a senior setter, took very good care of many of his teammates as Metea had five players with at least three kills each in a 25-13, 25-17 victory over Hinsdale Central Monday in the first round of the playoffs.

The 12th-seeded Mustangs (24-10) play fifth-seeded and No. 9-ranked Downers North (27-7) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hinsdale Central Regional semifinals.

The 21st-seeded Devils (9-25) lost their first match and last match of the season to Metea. The Mustangs also won the season opener for both teams on March 20.

Hinsdale Central struggled in coach Kelly (Maley) Watson’s first season. L.J. Booth, the team’s 6-foot-6 senior middle hitter and kills leader, was dismissed from the team midway through the season.

“I’ve learned a lot, but we have a lot of work to do,” said Watson, who was married on Saturday. “We were definitely up and down, but we have some great juniors and JV has done a great job.”

Metea led 14-10 in the first set, but then went on a 9-1 run to take command. Nick Wieland had seven kills and Shiv Desai finished with six kills for the Mustangs. Martin had 21 assists and added four kills of his own, usually on second-contact attacks.

Adam Miller and Martin Krasuski (two blocks) had three kills each.

The Mustangs, who have won five in a row, will meet Downers North for the third time this season, but has already lost twice.

“Our passing has improved so much,” Martin said. “We really can run with anyone anywhere.”

Hinsdale was led by Joe Morris (five kills) and David Whinery (four kills).

Morris, a 6-1 senior outside hitter, made a come back after missing all of last season due to a herniated disk. Morris had back surgery last spring and needed to ice his back at times this season, but came away as a major contributor near the end.

“We could have used him last year,” Watson said. “I was happy he was able to complete his rehab and come back this year.”

Morris, Charlie Wagner and Drew Zickert (two kills) played their final matches for the Devils. Hinsdale had only three blocks in the match while Metea finished with eight.

“My main goal was to contribute any way I could,” Morris said.

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