Thursday, February 23, 2006

Lewis vs Quincy

I should have written this game review last weekend but procrastination wins the battle again.

I drove down to Lewis on a Friday night, traffic wasn't too bad. I arrived just in time as the national anthem was just finishing as I walked into the gym. I need to plan better because I could have saved $5 if I would have emailed Dan ahead of time. Oh well, I guess the men’s volleyball program could use the $5.

Since I arrived late, I could not compare the warm-up sessions to those of the Loyola-Mercyhurst match. Nothing big but something I will attempt to compare in the future.

The match was a bit of a sleeper. I thought it would go at least four sets but Lewis took care of business in three, pretty handily. In the past Quincy would be no match for Lewis but I thought it would be tighter during this rebuilding year for Lewis.

Quincy never seemed to get into any rhythm except for a short while at the beginning of the third set. I will assume all of the kids at Quincy get along but it seemed like they just didn't gel together. They seemed to play hard but made a lot of mistakes especially since they didn't have a lot of underclassmen starting.

The setter, the coach’s son, seemed to have some really sweet hands with the ball having zero rotation and floating up. However, the placement of these beautiful looking sets were lacking in perfection. A lot of sets were behind the hitters or too close to do anything but get stuffed. For a senior, he seemed to make a lot of mistakes. He has a great jump serve but made way too many errors on Friday night. He also was in the net on crucial times, things seniors shouldn't be doing. Maybe it was just a bad night. He also just looks like a football player not a volleyball player. Maybe it’s just because I am an ex football player. I guess it really doesn't matter. Quincy ran the middle better than Lewis but that was about it.

Pickering just seems to get the job done for Lewis. Man does he have hops. If he were 6'5" instead of 5'11", he would be really tough. He does a good job of mixing up his hits between line, cross and splitting the block. Vidovic did a good job and seemed to spread the ball around. He even got a one-on-one block despite his short hops. The block was courtesy of his fellow setter on the other side of the net because the set was about six inches from the net and the hitter blasted right into Jordan's hands. Both he and the crowd were excited anyway. :)

Boller and Sahagian did OK. Boller had a few blocks but didn’t have a great offensive night. I see Billy is playing opposite. He did pretty well on the offensive side but it is kind of funny seeing him trying to play defense. Converting a middle to an opposite happens quite often in college but it takes a while to get the defense down. They wisely made sure he didn’t have to be in the serve receive. I also saw Columbo getting some playing time. I am pretty sure he is one of the original Genesis team members from his 14's and 15's days. Genesis got the silver medal in 15's in Louisville back in 2002 I believe. I got to know the coaches and some of players over the years. Genesis broke up after 15's with some going to High performance and some to Missouri Thunder. The dividing line was usually based on what high school they went to.

Now that the club season is essentially over until June, I will have to get out to some of the high school matches, probably starting with the Best of Illinois tournament sponsored by Wheaton Warrenville South, the IL state champions for the past two years. The original concept was to be a multi-state tournament but it hasn’t' happened that way. I was able to assist a St. Louis contact a couple of years ago and the tournament finally had their first Missouri team involved last spring. Now if I can just get a Kentucky and Ohio team connected, it would become a true multi-state tournament.


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