Good friends Henry Lamp of Lake Forest and Tyler Smith of Warren each signed a letter of intent Friday to play volleyball at St. Ambrose University in Iowa.
They two seniors then went out and played volleyball against each other.
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Smith and his Warren teammates prevailed, defeating the host Scouts 25-21, 25-20 in North Suburban Conference action.
Lamp led Lake Forest with 10 kills, 4 blocks and 6 digs. Grant Dethlefsen had 4 kills and 4 blocks for the Scouts and Jeff Habjan dished out 13 assists.
Vernon Hills d. Zion-Benton: Martin Niemczewski and Thomas Robinson each slammed 8 kills, and Ryan Opitz lofted 17 assists, as the host Cougars rebounded from their loss to Libertyville two nights earlier with a 25-13, 25-15 win.
"The guys bounced back really nicely from Wednesday," coach Chris Curry said after his Cougars improved to 14-2 and 3-1 in the North Suburban Conference. "Our focus and enthusiasm were completely different, and that helped us get off to a fast start against a really good, aggressive Zion squad. They've got a lot of weapons, but we served tougher than we had been and ran a nice offense."
Opitz and Evan Borden (2 blocks, 1 kill), in particular, impressed their coach.
"Ryan Opitz made great decisions moving the ball around, and Evan Borden blocked as well as he has all year," Curry said.
Lakes d. North Chicago: Eric Metzelaar and Mason Solbrig each had 6 kills for the Eagles in their 25-12, 25-3 win.
Solbrig also served 8 aces, while Dalton Solbrig delivered four for Lakes (9-11).
At Palatine: In pool play, Stevenson defeated Lake Zurich 25-14, 25-15 and then outlasted Waubonsie Valley 27-26, 19-25, 15-11.
Jason Fleischman and Brad Tiller had 13 and 10 kills, respectively, for Stevenson (15-2) against Waubonsie Valley.
Fleischman pounded 8 kills against Lake Zurich.