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Article updated: 4/18/2013 9:10 PM

Marotta, South Elgin power by Schaumburg

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South Elgin's Nate Marotta celebrates the Storm's first-game win against Schaumburg Thursday in South Elgin. South Elgin won the match in two games.

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South Elgin's Chis Gibadlo hits the ball around Schaumburg's Romario Rios Thursday in South Elgin.

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South Elgin's Ian Saxton hits the ball past Schaumburg's Nidhin Thomas Thursday in South Elgin.

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Schaumburg's Stephen Knitter gets a shot past South Elgin's Ian Saxton and Jake Dinneen Thursday in South Elgin.

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South Elgin's Nate Marotta powers a shot past the triple team defense of Schaumburg's Adam Kobiela, Brandon Giska, and Stephen Knitter Thursday in South Elgin.

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Schaumburg's Brad Norris yells as he defends a shot by South Elgin's Joe Lullo Thursday in South Elgin.

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South Elgin's Dan Gibadlo swings at the ball against Schaumburg's Brandon Giska Thursday in South Elgin.

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When the South Elgin boys volleyball team needs a point the ball usually goes toward Nate Marotta. The junior finished with a match-high 19 kills Thursday, including the team's final 3 points, as the Storm beat Schaumburg, 25-22, 28-26, in a nonconference match at South Elgin. "We know we have Nate to be able to put the ball away whenever we're in a situation, whether it's game point or the other team has run a couple points and we need a side out," Storm coach Adam Plach said. "It's good to have that. It builds the confidence in the rest of our team too knowing that that's there."
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    • South Elginís Nate Marotta celebrates the Stormís first-game win against Schaumburg Thursday in South Elgin. South Elgin won the match in two games.
    • South Elginís Chis Gibadlo hits the ball around Schaumburgís Romario Rios Thursday in South Elgin.
    • South Elginís Ian Saxton hits the ball past Schaumburgís Nidhin Thomas Thursday in South Elgin.
    • Schaumburgís Stephen Knitter gets a shot past South Elginís Ian Saxton and Jake Dinneen Thursday in South Elgin.
    • South Elginís Nate Marotta powers a shot past the triple team defense of Schaumburgís Adam Kobiela, Brandon Giska, and Stephen Knitter Thursday in South Elgin.
    • Schaumburgís Brad Norris yells as he defends a shot by South Elginís Joe Lullo Thursday in South Elgin.
    • South Elginís Dan Gibadlo swings at the ball against Schaumburgís Brandon Giska Thursday in South Elgin.
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