Boys Volleyball: Chris Bulava-led Loyola topples New Trier

Updated: May 23, 2012 9:02PM

Chris Bulava didn’t forget which team ended Loyola’s season last spring.

The Loyola senior made sure history didn’t repeat itself Wednesday at Wheeling.

The Purdue-bound hitter put down 10 kills to lead the fifth-seeded Ramblers to a 26-24, 25-23 win over fourth-seeded New Trier in the regional final. The win gives Loyola its first regional championship since 2010.

“That was payback,” said Bulava, who scored the match-winning point. “I don’t think I will feel any better this year.”

Neither team led by more than four points in either set.

Loyola (28-9) trailed 24-23 in the opener before the 6-7 Bulava knocked down two kills as part of a three-point run to earn the win. The Ramblers then overcame a four-point deficit in the second set, winning two of the final three points to secure the victory.

“The thing we did best was sideout volleyball,” Bulava said. “We never really let them get on any runs, and we kept them from running out of the middle.

“We also were able to pass well.”

Loyola sophomore David Wieczorek matched Bulava’s 10 kills, while setter Mario Asencio finished with 23 assists. Jimmy McCabe, Kevin Webster and Bulava all had two blocks apiece.

Alex Cook and company were one step slower Wednesday.

“I walked out of it feeling good about the game,” New Trier coach Sue Ellen Haak said. “I thought Loyola played one of its best games, and they had some hitters who were on fire. We were a touch behind.”

Loyola advances to the Glenbrook North Sectional, where it plays the top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Spartans (33-3).

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