Boys Volleyball: Sandburg rallies past Providence
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media May 1, 2012 11:10PM
Updated: June 3, 2012 8:24AM
After a less than stellar closing performance in Tuesday’s opening game against Providence, Sandburg regrouped in a big way.
Playing without star setter Scott Fifer, the Eagles did not turn to any one player. This most definitely was a team win. With contributions from all over the court, Sandburg came back in dominant fashion, winning 22-25, 25-20, 25-20 over Providence at Lewis University in Romeoville.
“A complete team win,” Ken Payonk said. “If one person is off we’re all there to pick them up. Even with Scott out, we were still competing and playing with the best.”
Payonk (6 kills, 5 blocks), Paul Chmura (8 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces), Mike Scannell (10 kills), Nick Bendell (29 assists) and John Hodul (7 kills, 4 blocks) led Sandburg (15-9).
Providence (13-13) was led by Brendan Surane (10 kills), Marty Ross (8 kills, 6 blocks) and Dan Niemiec (13 assists).
Sandburg stormed back to win Game 2 and kept on rolling into the third. The Eagles had 16 kills, two aces and two blocks in the game to take the win. Chmura had five kills, Payonk three kills and a block and Scannell two kills to lead the way in Game 3.
“We played smarter shots and weren’t just trying to rip it,” Payonk said. “We were placing our shots and being smart about it.”
Proceeds from Tuesday’s match went to the family of 2011 Providence grad Josh Pilon El Bey, who in October was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He is a month away from being cancer-free. El Bey received a standing ovation from the crowd before the match.
“I was extremely flattered,” El Bey said. “It just makes me happy. It’s very motivating to know that I’m close to it (beating cancer).”
El Bey transferred to Providence for his sophomore year. Volleyball coach Brett Krapil was his guidance counselor.