Boys volleyball: Grayslake North makes quick work of Grant

  • Grayslake North's Jarod Hesse (7) celebrates a point with teammates during Thursday's boys volleyball match against Grant in Fox Lake.

      Grayslake North's Jarod Hesse (7) celebrates a point with teammates during Thursday's boys volleyball match against Grant in Fox Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Travis Kolb (4) goes up against Grayslake North's Nathan Atwell (5) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake.

      Grant's Travis Kolb (4) goes up against Grayslake North's Nathan Atwell (5) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake North's Nathan Atwell, center, hits toward Grant's Drew Berwanger (10) and Josh Ryczek (5) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake.

      Grayslake North's Nathan Atwell, center, hits toward Grant's Drew Berwanger (10) and Josh Ryczek (5) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Ian Fox (19) hits past Grayslake North's Jarod Hesse (7) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake.

      Grant's Ian Fox (19) hits past Grayslake North's Jarod Hesse (7) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Tyler Carroll (8) hits past Grayslake North's Jarod Hesse (7) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake.

      Grant's Tyler Carroll (8) hits past Grayslake North's Jarod Hesse (7) during Thursday's boys volleyball match in Fox Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grant's Derek Kolb sets the ball during Thursday's boys volleyball match against Grayslake North in Fox Lake.

      Grant's Derek Kolb sets the ball during Thursday's boys volleyball match against Grayslake North in Fox Lake. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
By Bill Pemstein
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/11/2019 8:19 PM

Sounds silly doesn't it? That is to call Teddy Gedville the world's tallest setter.

So let's ask his coach, Nikki Kirchway, the Grayslake North boys volleyball coach.

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"When, I used to coach the girls team, I had a 6-foot-1 setter,'' Kirchway noted.

Gedville, a junior setter at Grayslake North, measures 6-foot-4.

"He set a perfect ball,'' said freshman outside hitter Nathan Atwell.

Grayslake North never trailed in the first set at Grant on Thursday night. The Bulldogs had a few leads in the second set but North prevailed 25-17, 25-14 in Northern Lake County Conference play.

"We really want to be a conference champion,'' Gedville said.

With Jarod Hesse at the serving line in the opening set, he used an ace as the Knights grabbed a 5-2 lead after Ein Atwater and Trey Yonts combined on a block kill.

"We really came out fired up,'' Atwell added. "We made a bunch of good plays."

On an Gedville kill, the North lead was 22-17 in set one. Another Gedville kill ended the first set.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We really played well tonight,'' Kirchway said. "We did a great job executing our offense. We didn't give them many points."

An Atwell kill gave the Knights an early lead in set two. And how did this freshman find volleyball in the first place?

"I was playing basketball and the coaches suggested I try volleyball,'' Atwater said. "Right now, I need to work on my vertical."

Grant's last lead of the night came on a gorgeous block from Derek Kolb. It was 11-10 Bulldogs.

With Nicholas LeBaron serving for the Knights, he received help from an Evan Mittlstaedt block and kills from Hesse and Atwell. The North lead was now 21-13.

Kills from Atwater and Gedville closed out the match.

Atwell's 7 kills led the way for North (4-5, 1-2). Hesse had 5 kills and 9 digs. LeBaron had 3 kills and 2 blocks. Gedville had 20 assists and 3 kills.

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