Boys Volleyball: WW South tops Glenbard East for fifth time, reaches state quarters
Updated: May 29, 2012 9:16PM
Wheaton Warrenville South did its homework.
But it wasn’t as if the Tigers didn’t already have enough information on Glenbard East to fill an encyclopedia.
“We watched a whole bunch of tape on them,” WW South libero Dan Eastman said. “We definitely did our homework on them and that helped us out today.”
WW South and Glenbard East played for the fifth time this season Tuesday in the IHSA boys state volleyball tournament sectional in Wheaton. Although the ebb and flow of each match was different, the result was always the same.
Tuesday, the Tigers won 25-19, 25-17.
“We’ve definitely gone through the spectrum of games with them, from the Downers Grove South tournament where we were blowing them out to close games like our senior night,” Eastman said.
Six-time state champion WW South (39-0), which will be making its ninth Elite Eight appearance in 12 years, will take on tournament newcomer Payton in the quarterfinals at Hoffman Estates Friday at 5:00 p.m.
WW South was a much different team Tuesday than the one that was taken to three sets by Downers Grove North in last Friday’s sectional semifinals, only the second time a team has extended the Tigers all season.
“After that game, we needed to start playing our game,” Eastman said. “We got a little bit rattled that first game against Downers North. We prepared a lot better for this game and we weren’t as timid about running plays or calling out plays. We called everything out a lot better.”
WW South broke an 8-8 tie in Game 1 Tuesday with a 10-2 run. Thomas Jaeschke had two kills and an ace and Tim Zyburt added two kills during the flurry. Glenbard East coach Marci Maier used both of her timeouts to try to slow the Tigers, but to no avail.
“I thought the first game, the way the match started, I thought we played extremely well,” Maier said. “Then they got on a little bit of a run and that first game was pretty much over. Then we didn’t quite get that flow back that we had at the beginning of the first game.”
WW South opened Game 2 on a 6-2 run capped by a Jaeschke putaway of a ball deflected by Zyburt. Ben Haimann’s kill got Glenbard East within 9-7, but that was as close as the Rams would get. WW South enjoyed its biggest lead of the set at 22-14 on a kill by setter Kit Bruzek.
“They (WW South) played extremely well and hats off to them,” Maier said. “You can’t make a lot of mistakes against them. Our serve receive could have been much better. If our serve-receive would have been better, I think we could have competed the whole match.”
Tim Shenkin led Glenbard East (32-7) with eight assists, four kills, three blocks and an ace.
“I thought he played well offensively and blocking,” Maier said. “Tim did a nice job for us.”
Junior Joe Farrell added six kills, Matt Ploke had five kills and Mike Heim added eight assists and an ace for the Rams.
Jaeschke led WW South with 11 kills and an ace, Matt Callaway added seven kills and a block and Nick Smith and Zyburt each had four kills. Bruzek finished with 26 assists, three blocks and two kills, and Eastman added five digs.
WW South will be heavily favored when it takes on Payton, but Callaway said the Tigers won’t be looking past the Grizzlies.
“One step at a time,” he said. “That’s pretty much been our motto the whole season. We don’t want to take too much for granted. Having an undefeated season is great, but it’s not really the big picture. We’re just taking it one game at a time.”
So far, the boys who did their homework Tuesday have passed every test.