Knights lose command of East in boys' volleyball

By Ryan Molini

Staff Writer

The Hersey Huskies traveled to Prospect Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in hopes they would break the tie they and Prospect shared at the top of the MSL East.  Forty minutes later, the Huskies stood solo atop the east ahead of the Knights.

Alongside the east, the match was very much in command by the huskies as they won two quick games 25-13 each game.

The knights could not jump off to a quick start as they were down 10-5 in the first game when they used their first of two time outs.

Thinking of a momentum shift, it only took seven more points until the knights would burn their final timeout of the first game.

After the first game, junior Alex Blethen led the knights with 3 kills followed by senior Grant Andler and junior Eryk Krzyzak both with 2 kills.

Hersey continued their up-tempo scoring as they jumped off to a 7-3 lead in the beginning of the second game.

Down 22-10, Prospect junior Dane Schweinzger had a big kill that sparked some momentum.  However, Hersey proved too strong as they put away the second game and the match 25-13.

“We were blindsided and did not see tonight coming,” senior Matt McPartlin said. “[We] didn’t step up and [Hersey] wanted it more.”

Prospect now stands in second place in the east but does have the chance to avenge their defeat on Hersey’s home court later in the year.

Looking to bounce back, the knights take on Buffalo Grove on thursday to try to earn another MSL east win and get back on the winning track.

“This is a speed bump,” McPartlin said. “BG is a funky team; we need to amp up.”