With a trip to the state quarterfinals on the line, Brother Rice coach Dan Dwyer predicted middle hitter Joe Kenzinger would be the deciding factor Tuesday night against Sandburg.
Dwyer was right on the money.
Kenzinger, a 6-foot-6 Lewis recruit, blasted eight kills and turned in a dominant defensive presence as Brother Rice defeated Sandburg 25-18, 25-23 to win the Reavis Sectional championship.
The victory gives Brother Rice (30-9) its first state berth since 2012. The Crusaders will face Hinsdale Central at 4 p.m. Friday in Hoffman Estates.
All of the State Final matches (quarters, semifinals, 3rd place & championship) will be broadcast live on www.IHSA.tv this weekend.
Fans can buy tickets digitally for the tournament online here. If purchased online, simply present the digital ticket on your phone to gate staff at HEHS when you arrive on Friday or Saturday.