Volleyball: Dominicis, Corsairs top St. Patrick in key ESCC battle
Carmel's Henry Dominicis, seen here in earlier action, was a key player in the team's win over St. Patrick on Thursday night. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 14, 2012 11:55AM
No doubt Carmel Catholic was flying high after stopping state power Benet Academy on Tuesday.
Thursday’s guest was St. Patrick, also from the ESCC. The Corsairs (21-12, 6-1) remained in a hunt for a conference crown with a 25-21, 14-25, 25-18 victory on senior night in Mundelein.
“That’s a typical scrappy St. Patrick team,’’ said Carmel volleyball coach Kevin Nylen. “They definitely took advantage of our lulls in the second game. Their setter (John Budzinski) did a nice job. They ran a couple of back slides.”
In the decisive third set, Carmel regained its composure and raced to an early lead. The power hits of Henry Dominicis helped the Corsairs get off to a good start.
“We’ve only have seen two kids this year who hit the ball as hard as Henry,’’ Nylen said. “He smokes the ball and it was his 18th birthday tonight.”
Dominicis finished with 10 kills in this win. Graham Misak, another one of those 10 Carmel seniors, went into serve with his team up just 18-16 in the final set. Aided by big plays on offense from Zach Rappe and Dominicis, the Carmel lead expanded to 24-17. Kevin Fitzgibbons (11 kills) made the final hit to put this game away.
In St. Pats’ romp in set two, both Joey Williams and sophomore JP Berg played well.
Carmel senior setter Alex Dunlap notched 30 assists.
“It’s a great win for all 10 seniors,’’ Dunlap said. “I have so many weapons on this team. It helps that our passing is so good.”