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Volleyball holds off the Mustangs

By Peter Fusilero
Sports Editor
It definitely wasn’t the prettiest of volleyball matches, but the Knights were able to come out on top Thursday night at Rolling Meadows. The team defeated the Mustangs in two games, 25-18 and 25-23.
“Unfortunately we’re not a team where anybody can take a night off,” head coach Mike Riedy said. “Fortunately we compensated with some players playing outstanding versus some that didn’t play well. If we are going to succeed, we are going to have to play all six guys that are ready to play.”
One of those outstanding players was senior Dane Schweinzger who racked up eight kills and five blocks.
“Luckily, God gave me a lanky body and I can jump a little bit,” Schweinzger said. “I got to give it up to my teammates because the only way I get the ball is from good passing. Our outsides didn’t pass the best, but they still got the job done. I’ll take a W any day.
The trouble with passing came as a problem in the first game. At one point, the Mustangs held the lead at five over the Knights until a 5-0 run started by senior Eryk Krzyzak (10 digs, 9 kills)  helped turn the tables.
“We’re just making the job more difficult for ourselves,” Riedy said. “If we just went out and played our game and took the lead right away then the match would have been over quickly.”
Going forward, Schweinzger believes that there will definitely be things to tweak as they host Elk Grove next Tuesday.
“We can definitely work on serve receive and putting free balls down,” Schweinzger said. “We can’t dig ourselves into a hole.”
KEY STATS: SERVING – Sr. Eryk Krzyzak 10 for 10 with 1 Ace
                                                 Sr. Matt Bohnen 7 for 8 with 1 Ace
Assists – Sr. Kyle Gerber with 20 Assists

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