Boys Volleyball: Barrington fights off two match points, clips Lake Park

Updated: June 1, 2012 9:04PM

Barrington and Lake Park saved the best for last.

Barrington fought off two match points and setter Taylor Ganzer tipped the ball off a Lake Park defender on match point as the Broncos rallied from a 23-21 Game 3 deficit to defeat the Lancers 23-25, 25-17, 28-26 in Friday’s fourth and final quarterfinal of the IHSA boys state volleyball tournament at Hoffman Estates.

Barrington (33-6) advances to face Wheaton Warrenville South (40-0) in an 11 a.m. semifinal Saturday.

“Wow, what an unbelievable match,” Barrington coach Rob Ridenour said. “Lake Park’s defense was as good as we’ve seen all year. They dug about 150 balls tonight. It was unbelievable. They kept making us play. Every time I thought we had an advantage, it seemed like they ended up winning the point.”

After the teams traded games, a kill by Dillion Hock and a lift call against Barrington gave Lake Park a 23-21 lead in Game 3. Two Lancers errors allowed the Broncos to the set 23-23, but Brian Fischer’s kill gave Lake Park its first match point at 24-23.

Playing on a bad ankle hurt in Game 1, Barrington’s Tommy Leonard wiped out the first match point with a tip kill. Lake Park earned a second on another Fischer putaway, but after a service error, Barrington earned its first match point at 26-25 on Peter Van Fossan’s kill.

Lake Park’s Mike Dickerson erased Barrington’s first match point with a kill down the left sideline, but Van Fossan earned a second with a huge block. That’s when Ganzer took a ball riding along the net and tipped it off a Lake Park defender to end the drama.

“We had a lot of gutty performances tonight, and it starts with Tommy,” Ridenour said. “He’s obviously not 100 percent, but what unbelievable guts from him to come through. Van Fossan hasn’t been relied on a lot all year, but he was unbelievable tonight.

“And (libero) Austin (Czarnecki) was exactly what I want from a leader tonight,” the coach added. “His calmness on the court after every play was incredible. We talked about playing point-to-point. He was great. He was picture perfect.”

Czarnecki, who finished with 10 digs and three assists, admitted that even he was getting frustrated by Lake Park’s defense.

“They would either have a soft touch or nice block that sent the ball back to our side on what seemed like 95 percent of our balls,” he said. “They prolonged rallies. I think that was part of what hurt us in Game 1. They kept playing ballups and hitting it back and waiting for us to make the errors.”

With Leonard playing but ailing, Barrington got a huge lift from 6-4 junior Charlie Spry. Limited to just two kills in Game 1, Spry had five kills in each of the next two games. He finished with 12 kills in 19 attempts for a phenomenal .632 hitting percentage.

“After Tommy went out, I told myself I had to play my heart out and put everything I had into it,” he said. “I carried that through Game 2 and Game 3. My mind was just in the moment. I could see perfectly what I needed to do and I happened to do it.”

Lake Park (27-11) got 13 kills from Dickerson and 11 from Fischer. Drew Prentis added 33 assists and libero Pasquale Maranto added 10 digs.

“Defensively, you could always play a little better,” first-year Lake Park coach Tim Murphy said. “But I was absolutely happy with the way we played defensively. I can’t really ask any more of these guys. They gave everything they had.”

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