Boys Volleyball: WW South improves to 40-0, rolls past Payton

Updated: June 1, 2012 9:47PM



For the first 22 points of the match, Payton was right there with the No. 1 team in the country.

For the next 43 points, not so much.

Wheaton Warrenville South ended Game 1 on a 14-4 run to break an 11-11 tie, then built a 22-6 lead in Game 2 before clearing the bench in a 25-15, 25-11 victory Friday over Payton in a quarterfinal of the IHSA boys state volleyball tournament at Hoffman Estates.

The outcome was not totally unexpected, but the kids from the city didn’t seem to care.

“We just can’t believe we’re here right now,” Payton sophomore Earl Schultz said. “It’s kind of amazing. We realize how great of a team they (WW South) are, but just to come out with the intensity that we did and be right there with them was awesome.”

A kill by Schultz and a double hit violation against WW South (40-0) gave Payton its last lead of the match at 10-9. Perry Howell’s kill tied Game 1 at 11-11, but then the Tigers went on an 8-1 run and the Grizzlies had no answer.

“But just to have the chance to prove ourselves as a Chicago Public School team and come in and compete with some of the best teams in the nation, I think we did really well the first half of the first game,” Payton senior outside hitter Hans Friedl said.

“We had really high energy, great intensity early in the match,” he added. “And we had a lot of fun first and foremost.”

WW South’s Thomas Jaeschke said that the Tigers might have been a little overwhelmed by their surroundings at first.

“I think it took us some time to get comfortable,” he said. “There are a lot of kids on our team who haven’t played here. It’s a different environment. You know you’re at state, so you know there’s more pressure. They (Payton) played well. They forced us to play well.”

Nick Smith led WW South with eight kills and two blocks, Jaeschke added seven kills, Tim Zyburt had six kills and two blocks and Kit Bruzek added 19 assists.

“Our passing in the beginning was a little off, but Kit did a great job setting,” Smith said. “They were pretty athletic. They could jump real well. We played good defense behind the block. I was getting caught up a little bit, but we eventually figured it out.”

Friedl paced Payton (26-11) with six kills and Schultz added five. Alex Bresler had 12 assists.

“I think the difference between early in Game 1 and the rest of the match was that they stopped making the errors,” Payton coach Casey Feeney said. “So there was a switch that went off in my boys’ heads. They kind of said, ‘Oh shoot, this is why they’re the No. 1 team in the nation.

“I agree with the kids’ sentiments,” the coach added. “Just to be here was an amazing experience. I was happy that although we came out really flat in the second game, they didn’t roll over and die. They pushed back. They fought to the end.”

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