Boys Volleyball: Glenbrook North sweeps Glenbrook South in straight sets to claim sectional crown

Updated: May 29, 2012 8:50PM

Luke Jacobson was at Hoffman Estates as an eighth-grader to watch his older brother play at the state tournament.

The Glenbrook North senior will be back there Friday as a player after the No. 2-ranked Spartans captured the sectional championship Tuesday with a 25-17, 25-16 victory over neighboring rival Glenbrook South in Northbrook.

Jacobson, whose brother Ben was a senior on the 2008 club, closed out the first set with consecutive kills. The Spartans then erased an early deficit in the second set to score five of the final six points for the win.

“Me and my brother always had a rivalry in the family,” said Luke Jacobson, who finished with five kills. “We always talk smack to each other. It feels good to follow in his footsteps. I hope to go farther than him.”

Glenbrook North (35-3) opens up with Brother Rice, one of two teams to beat the Spartans this season. Top-ranked Wheaton Warrenville South owns the other two victories over Glenbrook North.

The last time the Spartans made the state quarterfinals they lost to Providence in three sets. That experience in the stands planted the seed for the younger Jacobson.

Pat and Kyle Bedford, senior twins on the Spartans, also had an older brother, Tim Bedford, play on that team.

“I didn’t think I would even play volleyball before that,” Luke Jacobson said. “I was a basketball player then, but I tried out and made the team. I fell in love with the sport right away.”

Jacobson worked his way up through the ranks and made the varsity club his junior season.

“This team has such great chemistry,” he said. “We have fun. Practice is not work to us.”

The Spartans, who beat the Titans in two sets during the regular season, pulled away in the first set with a 7-0 run, highlighted by Jakub Barabas and Jeff Goldberg blocks.

The second set was closer, with the Titans (27-9) leading 9-8 after Peter Rafalo’s kill. But the 6-foot-8 middle hitter left the match shortly after that with a finger injury. The senior never returned.

“I’d like to say Peter getting hurt was the difference,” said Glenbrook South coach Tim Monahan, who was looking to take the Titans to the state tournament for the first time since 2003. “But that’s a very good team. On our best night, we can compete with them. But we didn’t have our best night. We ran into a very good team Glenbrook North team. I wish them well.”

Pat Bedford led the Spartans with 10 kills and added an ace. Brother Kyle had two aces and 19 assists. Brian O’Keefe and Barabus each finished with three kills apiece.

Mitch Shapiro anchored the back row with six digs.

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