Playing against each other for the second time in a week and the fourth in the 2013 season, the Young and Lane boys volleyball teams know pretty much everything there is to know about one another.
But volleyball is still a game of runs. A 14-5 Young surge in the first set turned the tide and propelled it to a 25-20, 25-17 sweep of its rival and the Gordon Tech Regional title Wednesday. The regional championship is the Dolphins’ seventh in a row.
“Volleyball is all about momentum,’’ said Young senior Tom Wesolowski, who had a match-high 21 kills. “A single block, kill, error or ace can change the entire match.’’
That momentum-changing kill came courtesy of Filip Mietka, who along with Wesolowski, combined for 10 of the 14 points in the decisive run. Wesolowski had 13 of his kills in the first set.
The Dolphins (19-13) carried the momentum into the second set, where a kill by Joe Luzadder broke a 4-4 tie and started a 9-2 run. The spurt would give the Dolphins all they needed. Every time Lane tried to battle back, Young had an answer.
Mietka added eight kills for the Dolphins, while Sean Brzoska had six for Lane.
With the win, the Dolphins advance to the Young sectional, facing St. Patrick at home in a sectional semifinal Friday. St. Patrick, which defeated St. Ignatius in its own regional final 28-26, 25-18, upset the Dolphins last year in the same round, 25-22, 14-25, 25-17.
“We want revenge,’’ Wesolowski said. They knocked us out last year, we can’t let them do that again.
“We want this one bad.’’
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