Boys Volleyball: Zion-Benton rallies past Stevenson in sectional semi

Updated: May 25, 2012 11:07PM



When the Stevenson boys volleyball team rallied from a seven-point deficit to send its Barrington Sectional semifinal against Zion-Benton to a third game, the Zee-Bees looked directly to their previous match for answers.

Zion-Benton, the No. 6 seed in the sectional, dropped its second game against Vernon Hills on May 23, but responded by coming back to win the match. It did the same thing against Stevenson, enduring the Patriots’ momentum before controlling the third game en route to a 25-23, 23-25, 25-16 victory.

“I told the team, ‘I have so much confidence (in us),’” said Zion-Benton’s Josh Hieb of his message between Friday night’s second and third games. “I felt like we should have won the second, so I felt like we still had momentum even though we dropped the game. I said, ‘just keep your heads up, keep moving your feet and we’re going to take this one home.’”

By defeating Stevenson in three sets, Zion-Benton, who had a team-high 10 kills by Hieb (10), booked a date in the Barrington Sectional final against the host Broncos. The match will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29.

Barrington (31-6) prevailed 25-20, 25-21 in a hard-fought match against Buffalo Grove (25-12), using the depth of their vaunted frontline to defeat the Bison.

Charlie Spry led the Broncos with six kills in the first game. Jeff Hochstein, who paced Barrington with 12 kills in the match, smacked seven kills in the match’s second game.

Barrington middle hitter Tommy Leonard, a USC recruit, recorded nine kills.

“With the offense that we have, it’s anybody every day,” Spry said. “Whoever’s hitting well is going to get the ball.”

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