The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys volleyball cruised in a semifinal of the IHSA Wolcott Sectional on May 28, rolling past Payton Prep in two sets 25-13, 25-18. 

Sophomore Quinn Bozarth led the Huskies (23-8) with seven kills and two blocks against Payton. Other top contributors were Danny Moran with eight digs; A.J. Robateau with five kills, two digs and a block; Peter Zurawski with three aces, three kills and two digs; Ebube Nwafor with three blocks; and Danny Scholvin with two aces, three kills, five digs and a block. 

On May 26, OPRF won the Prosser Regional in two sets over Chicago Academy 25-7, 25-8. Zurawski had seven aces, Scholvin four aces, Nwafor four kills and Charlie Folker and Moran three kills apiece in the victory.

The Huskies, the top seed at Wolcott, were set to meet St. Patrick for the sectional title May 31, after press time.

Fenwick boys volleyball

The Fenwick High School boys volleyball team saw its season come to an end in the Proviso East Regional final May 26 with a two-set loss to Lane Tech: 16-25, 24-26. The Friars led 24-23 in the second set and had a chance to close it out while serving, but Lane scored the next three points to secure victory.

Still, Fenwick coach Kate Whitman was proud of the fight her team showed.

“Bouncing back from setbacks is something we’ve been working on this year,” she said. “That second set, after the way we came out in the first, just proved it worked.”

Aidan Butler led the Friars (11-13) with nine assists and two kills. Caleb Groll added five kills and captain Zach Hernandez had ten digs. 

Hernandez is the lone senior on Fenwick’s roster and Whitman complimented him afterwards.

“Zach’s meant a great deal to the program,” she said. “He’s been with us since his freshman year and has been an outstanding libero the last two years. He doesn’t know how to not go 100 percent all the time.”

With Butler and Groll returning to lead a more experienced core, the Friars should have a much stronger season next spring.

“We’re going to have strong leadership in Aidan and Caleb around a group of guys who have now played together two years in a row,” Whitman said. “The future is definitely bright.”

OPRF boys tennis

OPRF senior Luca Lissuzzo went 1-2 at the IHSA state boys’ tennis tournament May 26-28 at Vernon Hills High School.

Lissuzzo, the Huskies’ lone state qualifier, lost his opening match to Evan Glebov of Highland Park 3-6, 4-6 on May 26. The following day, he defeated Jacob Arulandu of Batavia 8-6 in the opening round of the consolation bracket, but then lost 8-0 to Shashwat Srivatsa of Fremd in the second round.

Lissuzzo’s win gave OPRF a point in the team standings. The Huskies finished in a tie for 38th.

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