The first and second round matches of the IBVCA post-season tournament were held across the state last Saturday. The morning match-up pitted the Raiders against the Wildcats from Lawrence North. The Raiders came away with a 3-0 sweep (25-9, 25-7, 25-14). The post-season allowed for expansion of the Varsity Roster and the match against LN allowed Zane Middaugh, Elliot Domogalik, Patrick Keating and Bobby Isakson to get a little playing time in set 3. The morning match also provided Josh Strati “Sphere” the opportunity to be back in the libero jersey for the last time in his high school career. As a team, the Raiders collected 10 aces, 30 kills, 7 solo blocks, and 42 digs against Lawrence North. The afternoon match-up for the Raiders was against the Brebeuf Braves. And despite battling very evenly with the Braves in the first two sets, late season injuries and unforced errors proved to be too much for the Raiders to overcome and we went down in defeat 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 14-25, 16-25).
On the day, Will “The Thrill” Roberts dished out 52 assists. The overall kill leader for the day was Eric “Cookie” Krumm with 16 kills followed by Tharran “T-Bone” Cook and Josh “JC” Christian with 12 kills each, Ben “The Jet” Egenolf added 8 kills, Sean “Dean” Bennett contributed 7, Roberts had 4, Mike “Iron Man” Isakson added 3, and Strati had 1 kill. From the service line, Cook was a perfect 9-9 with 1 ace, Roberts was 29-30 with 2 aces, Matthew “Walloping” Walters was 31-34 with 2 aces, Cade Merrill was 27-30 with 3 aces, Charlie “Masterful” Magan and Strati were each 17-20 with 2 and 1 aces respectively. On the defensive side of the ball Krumm and Cook each had 4 blocks on the day, Christian added 3 blocks and Roberts added 2 blocks. Merrill led the team in digs with 38, Strati added 26, Roberts added 25, followed by Walters with 12, Magan with 10, Cook with 5, Christian with 4, Bennett with 3, and Krumm and Egenolf each had 2 digs a-piece.
The Raiders finished the 2018 season with a record of 20-7.