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Two straight wins revive Warriors’ success

VILLA PARK – After a midseason lull, Willowbrook boys volleyball hopes to regain its early season form.

The Warriors started the season 6-0, but have struggled to find the same consistency since.

“We started the year off very strong,” coach Ryan Bazon said. “We’ve slowed down a little bit. We hit the middle of the season.”

Recent wins over Morton and York could be a sign of things getting back on track for the Warriors, which held a 15-10 record entering Thursday’s match against Proviso West.

Willowbrook beat Morton 23-25, 25-22, 25-18 on Tuesday with 14 kills from Ben Wozniak and 13 from Jimmy Riordan. The Warriors improved to 3-1 in the West Suburban Gold with matches against Addison Trail and Proviso East left to close out Gold play.

On Wednesday, Willowbrook beat York 25-20, 25-16 in a WSC crossover to pick up a second win in a row.

“I think we’re starting to mentally get back to where we were at the beginning of the season, which is good because we’re coming down the home stretch here,” Bazon said.

Last weekend the Warriors took fourth at the Downers Grove North Trojan Invite. It was a tournament that started impressively with a 3-0 record in pool play with two-game sweeps of the host Trojans, Schaumburg and Riverside Brookfield.

Then, in the semifinals, Willowbrook lost to Glenbard East for the first time in three matches this season. RB got even with the Warriors 25-22, 26-24 in the third-place match, which came as a surprise after the Warriors won the pool play match 25-18, 25-12.

“I don’t know if we just kind of laid off,” Bazon said. “I felt like in tournaments during some matches we’ve just kind of laid off.

“We have about four or five matches that we’re very disappointed with the outcome and get those four or five matches in our favor and that makes the record a lot more impressive than it is.”

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