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2016 Boys Volleyball

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The 2016 IHSA Boys Volleyball State Finals return to Hoffman Estates High School on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4.

IHSA TV veteran Matt Rodewald will be on the call as all eight matches will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network at www.IHSA.tv thanks in part to presenting sponsor Country Financial.

A brief synopsis and individual team stat leaders from each qualifying team are available below & a full weekend schedule is located on the righthand sidebar:

LINCOLN-WAY EAST GRIFFINS (34-5)
Just a year removed from the program’s first state title, Lincoln-Way East head coach Kristopher Fiore has the Griffins in tourney mode, having won three of their last four matches in three games. The Griffins handed fellow state finalist Sandburg two of its three losses this season.
Kills: 248, Jack Huizinga
Assists: 1003, Matt Breitbarth
Blocks: 67, Lucas Galifos (6-6)
Digs: 422, Eric VanDyck

NEW TRIER TREVIANS (34-5)
Sue Ellen Haak has the Trevians back in the state finals for the third year in a row and looking to get past the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2007’s runner-up team. New Trier’s lone loss in the past 15 matches came against undefeated defending state champ Glenbard West.
Kills: 241, Henry Lindstrom
Assists: 638, Niko Gjaja
Blocks: 52, Brian Kaiser (6-7)
Digs: 115, Jim Chiou

ST. PATRICK SHAMROCKS (26-8)
Joel Anderson is in his second stint (2004-2010, 2014-present) at St. Patrick, and takes the team to state for the third time (2009, 2010). Anderson is in rare coaching company in that he has also coached in the IHSA girls’ volleyball state finals three times at Payton High School (2008, 2010, 2014). After consecutive losses in late April, the Shamrocks were 11-0 in May.
Kills: 352, Marcin Piechocki
Assists: 886, Blake Rosenbusch
Blocks: 45, John Hogan (6-3)
Digs: 304, Tyler Jankiewicz

LAKE ZURICH BEARS (29-10)
Head coach Lesly Ravenscraft brings Lake Zurich to the state finals for the first time in school history with a frontline of twin towers in 6-9 Andrew Gilbertson and 6-7 Danny Kraversky. It’s been an emotional season for the team, who whose team motto is worn on arm bands in remembrance of teammate Nate Amos’ mother, who passed away early in the season.
Kills: 336, Nick Meyer
Assists: 1269, Jeff Carmody
Blocks: 117, Andrew Gilbertson (6-9)
Digs: 306, Danny Kraversky

SANDBURG EAGLES (36-3)
The Eagles continue to be one of the state’s premier programs, as they make their sixth start final trip since 2000 (10th overall) and third under head coach Sean Airola, who led to the program to its fourth state title in 2011. The team is 27-2 since April 7, with both setbacks against Lincoln-Way East, who they couldn’t see until the finals.
Kills: 313, Jake Hanes
Assists: 1064, Grant Burden
Blocks: 62, Peter Zachary (6-2)
Digs: 182, Scott Tablerion

LYONS LIONS
Long-time coach Joann Pyritz (545 wins in 23 seasons) has Lyons back at state for the first time since 2005. Four of the school’s previous five state trips under Pyritz have produced trophies, but the Lions will have to avenge an April loss to Sandburg in the quarters if they want to bring home more hardware.
Kills: 250, Matt Slivinski
Assists: 609, Elijah Medlock
Blocks: 51, Sean Ryan (6-3)
Digs: 436, Sam Bugaieski

GLENBARD WEST HILLTOPPERS (39-0)
The Hilltoppers and head coach Christine Giunta-Mayer try for history this weekend, as the defending state champs can be become the fifth undefeated state champion in state history (Richards in 1992, Wheaton Warrenville South in 2001, 2004 & 2012). Four regulars return from a year ago.
Kills: 193, Kyler Kotsakis
Assists: 700, Paulie Bischoff (6-5)
Blocks: 100, Paulie Bischoff
Digs: 288, Zac Norvid

LAKE PARK LANCERS (30-9)
Head coach Tim Murphy is making the state finals a habit for Lake Park, who has now qualified for state four times in the past five seasons. With underclassmen leading every statistical category, the young Lancers appear on paper to be a year away, but they rolled through the postseason with four two-game victories.
Kills: 323, Jack Fischer
Assists: 847, Justin Yost
Blocks: 82, Nick Martinski
Digs: 335, Michael Prell

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
25th annual State Series
22nd year at Hoffman Estates


SITE
Hoffman Estates High School (Hoffman Estates)
Directions


SCHEDULE
Friday, June 3
Session 1 - Quarterfinals

2:00 p.m.
Lincoln-Way East vs. New Trier

3:00 p.m.
St. Patrick vs. Lake Zurich

Session 2 - Quarterfinals

5:00 p.m.
Sandburg vs. Lyons

6:00 p.m.
Glenbard West vs. Lake Park

Saturday, June 4
Session 3 - Semifinals
10:00 a.m. - Semifinal #1
11:00 a.m. - Semifinal #2

Session 4 - Finals
4:00 p.m. - Third-Place
5:15 p.m. - Championship


TICKETS
$6 per day


WATCH
All matches available live on www.IHSA.tv


LISTEN
No radio broadcasts currently scheduled



RESULTS & BOX SCORES
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HISTORY & RECORDS
2016 State Series

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