Boys Volleyball: Pat, Kyle Bedford help Glenbrook North knock off Brother Rice

Story Image Mitchel Wiler, of Brother Rice, spikes the ball between the Glenbrook North defense at the Boys Volleyball State Quarterfinals, Friday, June 1st, 2012 in Hoffman Estate, IL. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: June 1, 2012 7:06PM



Tim Bedford may never be able to come home now.

Twins Pat and Kyle Bedford, whose older brother Tim was part of the last Glenbrook North team to reach the IHSA boys state volleyball tournament in 2008, did something Friday their older brother Tim couldn’t do — win a quarterfinal match.

Pat Bedford had seven kills and two aces, Kyle Bedford added 23 assists and an ace and Luke Jacobson had seven kills and a block as Glenbrook North (37-3) stopped Brother Rice 25-22, 25-23 at Hoffman Estates.

Glenbrook North’s last visit to Hoffman Estates ended in a quarterfinal loss to Providence.

“All season, I didn’t want Tim to finish better than I did,” Kyle Bedford said.

Game 1 was tied 11 times before Glenbrook North used a 7-3 run to grab a 23-19 lead. Pat Bedford had a kill and an ace during the run. A Ryan Paull kill got Brother Rice within 24-22, but the set ended on a Crusader service error.

“I think we just got into a little bit of a defensive spurt at the end of that first game,” Glenbrook North coach Chris Cooper said. “We dug a few more balls than they did.”

Game 2 was a mirror image of the first game with eight ties and six leads changes before the Spartans grabbed a 24-21 advantage. Two kills by 5-11 senior outside hitter Joe Pochinskas got the Crusaders within 24-23, but a Brother Rice kill attempt at match point went just wide.

“If we just had a few of those errors back maybe things would have been different,” Brother Rice coach Paul Ickes said.

Kyle Bedford said one of the keys to Glenbrook North’s victory was the play of its middle hitters — Jacobson and Jeff Goldberg — who combined for 10 kills and three blocks.

“I thought our middles were really driving everything,” he said. ‘That starts with (libero) Mitch (Shapiro) and Cody (Bolan) in the back row putting the passes just where I needed them. The middles also came up with some big blocks. They were a big key to our win.”

Better logistics also may have contributed to the victory by Glenbrook North, which lost at Brother Rice on May 7.

“This time we didn’t have the hour-and-a-half smoky bus ride down there to their place,” Cooper said. “We were also coming off 12 matches in seven days or something like that and we were pretty tired mentally and physically the first time we played them.”

Cooper wasn’t surprised, however, that Brother Rice reached the quarterfinal, despite the Crusaders’ overall record and its difficult route through the Lincoln-Way East sectional.

“We got them on a roll,” Cooper said. “When they beat us, they got some confidence. They’re a good team. They don’t make a lot of passing errors and don’t make a lot of mistakes. I kind of felt they had a chance. They got on a roll and that’s what you need to be doing going into the playoffs.”

Pochinskas led Brother Rice (27-13) with 10 kills, sophomore Mitch Weiler added seven kills and four digs and Dan Dwyer Jr. had 26 assists.

“Glenbrook North played an amazing match,” Ickes said. “Their blocking was superb. They hit through our block, around our block. Chris (Cooper) did great job preparing them for today.”

The loss ended a run of 17 wins in its last 18 matches for Brother Rice.

“I didn’t know if we were going to make it out of our regional,” Ickes said. “But the guys strong together one of the most amazing runs in my 20 years of coaching.”

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