HOFFMAN ESTATES – St. Charles North closed a banner boys volleyball season on Saturday, securing a third-place finish at the state tournament with a 25-20, 25-20 sweep of Glenbrook South.
Making the program's first trip to state, North rebounded to finish its season with a victory while establishing a name for itself
"We showed them that we really wanted to be here, really deserved to be here at state," senior middle hitter Zach Ziesmer said.
North (32-7) rebounded from a 25-18, 25-21 loss to eventual state champion Downers Grove South in its semifinal Saturday morning.
"We have to give them credit. That's probably the best team we've played all season long," North Stars senior defensive specialist Jimmy Vainisi said. "They got out to a tremendous start and kept that up the whole match."
As has been the case throughout this entire breakthrough season, a balanced attack and a strong block carried the North Stars through the Glenbrook South match.
Seniors Kevin Beach and Jonathan Orech entered tournament play with 246 kills apiece. After Beach (23 kills) and Orech (18) sparked the offense behind setter Pat Misiewicz in two matches Saturday, the final season tally worked out to 280 for Beach and 279 for Orech.
The proximity seemed fitting for a team of self-described brothers that featured 12 seniors, several of which had played in the program for four seasons.
"We're extremely happy and proud of what we've done these past couple days," senior libero Ryan Dal Degan said.