The Minooka volleyball team ran into a team on a roll in Friday afternoon’s quarterfinal round of the IHSA State Boys Volleyball Tournament.

And the Indians didn’t have a way to stop that momentum train as the RedHawks collected a 25-14, 25-15 victory over Minooka.

Marist entered the contest on a 22-match winning streak and hadn’t even been forced to a third set against any opponent since April 20. In four previous matches in the postseason, all opponents had been ousted in straight sets.

On Saturday, Marist kept on rolling as they upended Oak Park-River Forest, 25-22, 25-23, in the semifinal round and then toppled Glenbard West, 25-21, 25-23, in the state championship matchup.

As such, the RedHawks came out in Friday’s match with confidence, but Minooka was game early on as they had managed to forge a 4-4 tie. But Marist rattled off a 7-2 run to take control of the first set, which they would go on to win, 25-14.

In the second set, it once again appeared Minooka was ready to go toe to toe, forging another early 4-4 tie. But as they had done in the first set, Marist steadied themselves in the middle of the match, doubling up Minooka to take a 14-9 lead midway through the match.

Marist continued to extended the lead until the margin reached double digits as the RedHawks closed out the match and Minooka’s season with a 25-15 set victory.

There was a considerable disparity between the hitting attacks of the two teams. Marist hit at a .48 rate in each of the two sets. Minooka countered with an attack that only managed to hit a .143 rate in the first set and just .088 in the second.

Minooka did get a seven-kill performance from A.J. Lewis, and Shane Ooms also added six kills to the cause. Rafael Vieyra contributed 11 assists in the contest, and Evan Faifer had seven digs.

Marty Jepsen’s, Minooka’s very talented hitter, led all attackers with 11 kills.

Minooka ended a very fine season with a 32-9 record.


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