Boys Volleyball: Providence ousts Lincoln-Way West

Story Image Brendan Surane, of Providence, spikes the ball against Lincoln-Way West at the Lockport Boys Volleyball Regionals, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 in Lockport, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: May 22, 2012 10:22PM

A good team shows what it is made of when its back is against the wall.

Third-seeded Providence rallied from a 17-11 deficit in the opening game to earn a hard-fought 29-27, 25-23 victory over second-seeded Lincoln-Way West in the semifinals of the Lockport Regional Tuesday night.

“This team gave away the lead and then came back,” Providence coach Brent Krapil said. “This team never stopped fighting.”

Matt Martensen (10 kills), Brendan Surane (10 kills), Marty Ross (8 kills, 12 blocks) and Dan Niemiec (18 assists) led the Celtics (20-17).

Alex Root and Joel McGuire (six kills apiece) paced Lincoln-Way West (25-11).

In Game 1, West broke an 8-8 tie with a 9-3 run that was capped by a Root kill for a 17-11 lead.

Providence could have folded but dug deep and responded with a Surane kill that sparked a 7-2 run and tied the game at 19.

“Being down 17-12 was a little rocky but it was great to pick ourselves back up,” Ross said. “That momentum carried into the second game and gave us the win.”

Both teams then traded points until Brian Oddo’s consecutive kills gave Providence the victory.

“We have a lot of good players on our team who can contribute and that showed tonight,” Ross said.

Providence used its power game early in Game 2, getting kills from Ross and Martensen for a 5-1 lead.

Four points was Providence’s biggest lead in Game 2 but the Celtics never trailed. Ross’ kill broke a 23-23 tie and helped push Providence to victory.

“Defensively, things broke down for us a little bit tonight and we never had momentum,” West coach Rory Harrison said.

Providence will play top-seeded Minooka for the regional championship Wednesday night.

“We’ll need to be at the top of our game in order to take (Minooka) out,” Krapil said. “Minooka has a few key hitters that we’ll need to focus on and try to shut down.”

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