Boys Volleyball: Minooka prevails over Plainfield North

Updated: May 25, 2012 10:43PM



Fifth verse, same as the first.

Minooka boys volleyball coach Janel Grzetich was certainly relieved that the season-long song didn’t change it’s tune this time around for her top-seeded Indians as they powered past Plainfield North 25-18, 25-18 in the Romeoville Sectional Friday night.

“My nerves were getting the best of me all day long just because it’s the fifth time that we are playing against this team,” Grzetich said. “They (North) are an incredibly good team.”

This time around the two Southwest Prairie Conference rivals were playing for the biggest stakes. Minooka was a perfect 4-0 previously versus the Tigers.

Rick Bishop (7 kills, 4 blocks), Phil Hannon (19 assists, 3 blocks, 2 digs), Matt Svetlecich (4 kills, 4 digs) and Nick Vertin (6 kills, 2 aces) led Minooka (35-2). Jake Barber (6 kills) and Josh Quinn (5 kills, ace) led Plainfield North (23-10).

In Game 1 a Svetlecich kill gave Minooka a 10-6 lead.

“It’s a great feeling to know that Plainfield North we knew them and that we wanted it more tonight,” Svetlecich said.

North fought back and got a Barber kill that tied the game at 12. Minooka responded with an 8-1 run capped by a Justin Toth block to extend to a 19-13 lead.

“We just weren’t going to let up because we knew that they would come back after playing them so much this season,” Hannon said.

With Game 2 tied at 11, Minooka reeled off four consecutive points for a 15-11 lead that was highlighted by a Ryan Bauer ace.

North rallied yet again and a Quinn kill tied the game at 17. Another Toth block followed by a Vertin ace put Minooka ahead for good at 19-17 before the Indians served out the match with seven consecutive points.

“I am so very proud of my boys,” Grzetich said. “They played with heart and you just knew that they wanted it.”

“We played great defensively but we just made a lot of offensive errors,” Plainfield North coach Kevin Vesper said.

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