Keep the world’s smallest violin in its case. Garrett Dederichs and Brother Rice aren’t much for complaining.
Nor do the Crusaders expect anyone to feel sorry for them after losing Jimmy Baker, the reigning Catholic League Player of the Year, to a season-ending broken tibula last month.
“(Baker’s) arguably the best player on the team, so it hurts us a lot,” Dederichs said. “But as far as coming back from that, I think we’ve done the best we possibly could.”
Brother Rice is the rare team with the weapons to overcome the loss of a star attacker. It hasn’t hurt that Dederichs is playing like a man possessed at the net.
The volleyball teams traveled to Wheaton on Monday, May 2, 2016 to take on the St. Francis Spartans. The freshman A team was victorious with a 25-6, 27-25 win and the freshman B team took it on the chin by a score of 18-25, 22-25. The JV fell for the first time in Catholic League play in a tight match by the scores 31-33, 23-25.
The varsity team had a slow start to their match and lost an error plagued game 1, 23-25– the only bright spot was a stellar serve receive. The Crusaders bounced back to win game 2, 25-22, and after giving an early 10-2 lead to the Spartans in game 3, they came back and won the match 25-22.
The stars for the varsity Crusaders were Zach Rothstein with 22 digs, Jack Burke with 11 kills and Patrick Hollander with 37 assists. With that win, the Varsity spikers put themselves in the Catholic League Championship match on Wednesday, May 4, against St. Rita at 6:00 P.M., when the Crusaders battle for a sixth straight Catholic League championship.
Come to Brother Rice today to watch the CCL championship between your Crusaders and St. Rita. Varsity game time is 6PM.
Brother Rice is currently 20-6 and 4-1 in the Catholic League while St. Rita is in first place with a 17-11, 5-0 record. The Crusaders are going for their 6th straight CCL championship and need to beat St. Rita to win the championship outright.
The JV Volleyball participated in the Chesterton Varsity Volleyball Tournament in Indiana this past weekend. The Crusaders were successful in defeating several Indiana teams including Kouts Academy, Munster and Hebron High Schools. They then had to face off against Reavis in the championship. In a grueling three set match the Crusaders defeated the Rams 25-17, 14-25, 17-15. The Crusaders were led by Matt O’Donnell with 88 assists, Tom Phelan and Dan Littleton with 14 and 15 kills respectively and Tourney MVP Kyle Springer with 22 kills and 11 aces.
The 8th Annual Brother Rice Smack Attack will be held on Friday, April 22, starting at 5:00 P.M. and Saturday, April 23, starting at 9:00 A.M. at both Brother Rice High School and St. Xavier University.
Please see this schedule for start times and locations for participating teams.
The Crusader volleyball teams turned out great performances against Oak Park-River Forest on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The varsity volleyball team defeated Oak Park 25-10, 29-27. The Crusaders were led by Garrett Dederichs, Ryan Banky and Cal Konecki.
The JV team defeated the Huskies 25-17, 25-22. Dan Littleton led the team with 6 kills and Matt O’Donnell had 22 assists. The freshman A squad won25-17, 25-14 and the B bombers took one on the chin 25-17, 25-11.
In volleyball action last night, the Crusaders defeated the Celtics of Providence on all four levels. The Varsity won 25-19, 25-15. Joe Kenzinger and Jim Baker led the offense with 6 kills each and Garrett Dederichs led the defense with 6 blocks. The JV were victorious by scores of 25-19, 25-16. They were led by Tommy Kleist on the outside with 7 kills. The Freshman A team won a tight match in 3–25-16, 24-26, 25-23 and the Freshman B team completed the sweep with a 25-23, 25-22 win. Please come out tomorrow to support the Spiking Crusaders as they take on the Sandburg Eagles at 6 o’clock.