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Alex Dickmann helps Addison Trail volleyball to its best start

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:53 p.m. CST
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(Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)
Addison Trail's Alex Dickmann bumps the ball during Tuesday's match against Morton. Dickmann has been an instrumental part of the Blazers' hot start this season.

CICERO – Addison Trail volleyball isn’t shy about giving star hitter Alex Dickmann the ball in clutch situations, and the result has been record-breaking for the program.

With Dickmann winning key points at the end of the match, the Blazers got off to the best start in school history by defeating Morton 27-25, 28-26 on Tuesday. AT started the season 10-0 entering Thursday’s match against Elgin, breaking the previous record of nine straight wins to begin a season.

Dickmann had kills on the final three points of the match to give the Blazers the West Suburban Gold win.

“I do that a lot for the team if we need it because they have trust in me to put the ball away when we need to in close game situations,” Dickmann said.

The junior standout has trained with the junior national team in the past and is set to do so again this summer after club nationals. He will take part in a five-day camp hosted by Adversity Volleyball Club in Vernon Hills.

“I made the lower level this year, unfortunately,” Dickmann said. “I couldn’t get to the top team, but that’s fine. I’m still going to the camp.”

The 6-foot-4 lefty, who plays his club ball with Pipeline based in Schaumburg, has all the tools of an elite hitter and has a solid all-around game that allows him to play the back row as well.

“He’s got the height, he’s got the jumping ability, he can hit every shot in the book,” AT coach Chad Grant said. “He’s just a well-rounded hitter.”

Dickmann helped the Blazers win the Rolling Meadows Invite on Saturday. Seniors Anthony Chiaramonte and Kevin Grygo, the team’s setter, and sophomore middle blocker Kannon Nelms also have been significant contributors.

While Dickmann isn’t the team’s only productive player, he is unquestionably the team’s star. In the tight points against Morton, Grygo set Dickmann at every opportunity.

“Teams know that it’s going to him,” Grant said. “We’re going to give him the ball whether he’s on or not. We’re going to run our offense through him.”

Winning at Morton after facing multiple game points in each game was a sign of the progress the entire Blazers’ team has made.

“That’s a big deal to us because last year we had most of these guys and they were a little younger and we would have lost close games like this,” Grant said. “This year they’re mentally tougher and they pushed through at the end and found a way to win.”

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