Boys Volleyball: Luke Furman-led Waubonsie Valley downs Lyons
Updated: May 22, 2012 9:30PM
Luke Furman had the cool hand Tuesday.
The junior setter had 27 assists, three aces and two kills, and added 10 service points in Game 2 as fourth-seeded Waubonsie Valley (26-8) advanced to the finals of the Hinsdale Central regional with a 25-17, 25-19 win Tuesday over Lyons.
Furman spread the ball equally among his pin hitters. Mike Storm led the way with a team-high 11 kills, 6-4 sophomore Mike Simmons added nine kills and 6-3 junior rightside Jon Pyne had five kills. Aggressive serving by Lyons made it tough for Furman to find his middles, but it didn’t matter.
“That was a lot of fun,” Furman said. “We knew we’d have to come out strong because Lyons is a good team, and we definitely did that. We have really good outside hitters. They really stepped up when we needed them tonight and put the ball down almost every time.”
Waubonsie Valley coach Al Lagger, who won a match on his birthday for the first time in three years, praised his 6-1 captain.
“Luke is becoming a player in his own right,” Lagger said. “From start to finish, he’s a captain. He takes care of the kids off the court as well as on the court. He knows his business. If you watch him, he’s always talking to the guys, getting them in the right spots and doing what it takes to be a good player.”
Furman also drew the admiration of Lyons coach Joan Pyritz, who resisted the temptation to burn a timeout while Furman was giving Waubonsie Valley an 8-0 lead in Game 2 from the service line.
Her patience paid off as the Lions fought back to within 13-11. But that was as close as they would get.
“Everybody tried to serve and be aggressive,” Pyritz said. “Everyone tried to hit away from the defense. Certainly No. 10 (Furman) and his aggressive serve made a difference in the final moments of the match.”
Furman, the consummate team player, wouldn’t take all the credit.
“It wasn’t just me,” he said. “It was my teammates, too. Lyons returned the ball and we had to respond to that. We were able to get the ball back and get points.”
Kevin McMahon led Lyons (21-14) with five kills and an ace. Sophomore setter Marko Kostich added 10 assists, a kill and a block and junior Aiden Spangler had three kills and two blocks.
“We felt good,” Pyritz said. “We took a lot of points off the fourth-seeded team. We really had their number on blocking, but they obviously did more than we did in a pinch. We played smartly and tried to follow a game plan and that’s all you can ask.”