Boys Volleyball: Willowbrook edges Hinsdale South in three sets

Updated: May 21, 2012 11:11PM

How do you win 25 matches and get a No. 14 seed?

Welcome to the Wheaton Warrenville South sectional.

Willowbrook (26-10), which earlier this season tied Downers Grove South to earn a piece of the West Suburban Gold title for the first time since 2002, extended its season for another day Monday by defeating Hinsdale South, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, in a regional quarterfinal at Glenbard West.

Jacob Schmiegelt had 12 kills, two blocks and three aces, Zac Prosek added six kills and four blocks and Kyle Dewyer had 20 assists for the Warriors, who needed three sets to defeat the Hornets when the teams met last week in a regular-season matchup.

“Hinsdale South played us well last Tuesday, and they played us really well tonight,” Willowbrook coach Ryan Bazon said. “They played us really well both times we played them. Both matches went three games. Luckily, we were able to get ahead and pull them out.”

Willowbrook could not get ahead in either of the first two games Monday. The Warriors fell behind 9-3 in Game 1 and 15-8 in Game 2. They were able to climb the mountain in Game 1, pulling ahead at 19-16 as part of a 9-2 run, but they weren’t as fortunate in Game 2.

“It was our communication mostly,” Schmiegelt said. “We were not on the same page. We weren’t talking with each other and helping each other out.”

The Hornets also focused their defense on stopping Schmiegelt, a 6-foot-6 outside hitter, often waiting for him at the antenna before the ball even arrived.

“They were waiting for me,” he said. “They knew the ball was going to go to me most of the time. They were calling me out before the play even happened. We had to make smart plays and put the ball down.”

Willowbrook was finally able to get the jump on Hinsdale South in Game 3, building a 10-6 lead on a two kills and a block from Prosek. Three aces by Hinsdale South’s Hyeonki Moon fueled a 6-0 run by the Hornets, but a service error and block by Schmiegelt gave the Warriors the lead for good at 16-14.

“It’s tough playing with inexperienced guys,” Hinsdale South coach Billson Rasavongxay said. “We haven’t been in too many big games like this where they don’t really know how to feed off the energy of the crowd or the other team.

“They gave it their all,” he added. “We lack size…and other things, too, basically…but we made up for it with heart today. The guys showed great, great heart, great energy.”

Junior outside Robbie Mead had 16 kills, three aces and three blocks for Hinsdale South (7-28). Sophomore setter Dylan Sarocco added nine assists and three kills and senior Mike Wasiukewicz added four kills and a block.

Willowbrook will place Glenbard West in a regional semifinal at 6:30 p.m., followed by Naperville North and Benet at 7:30 p.m. Naperville North defeated Proviso West, 25-4, 25-15, in a quarterfinal rescheduled to 5:00 p.m. Monday due to graduation.

“With high school kids, volleyball is truly a momentum game because they can get so flustered so quickly,” Bazon said. “It’s just a matter of how fast you recover. But I keep telling my guys, ‘You’re good, you’re guys are good.’

“I see flashes of greatness, then I see flashes of disaster,” he added. “I’m happy we got through one tonight.”

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