A mainstay for Downers Grove South's volleyball team a year ago, Jordan Pawlicki is once again a key player and he helped the Mustangs win their own tournament over the weekend, which was something they couldn't even do during last year's run to the state title.
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Pawlicki played a key role for the Mustangs as they won the title at their own tournament over the weekend.
Downers Grove South’s boys volleyball team finished on top last year, but even that team wasn’t able to do what this year’s team did – win the title at South’s own Mustang Invitational. Setter Jordan Pawlicki helped South to the title with his ability to run the offense and serve efficiently. During a match against Fenton, the Marymount University recruit served five aces in one rotation, and he dished out 41 assists in the championship match. Pawlicki, the Sears Appliance and Hardware Athlete of the Week, spoke with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about this year’s team and the key to serving an ace.
How does this year’s team compare to last year’s team at this point in the season?
We lost a lot of firepower from last year, but this year I feel like we have great team chemistry again like we always do. We have guys that want to play and want to win and do the same thing again.
What’s the key to getting an ace?
Basically the key is to get the passers outside their stance and try and move them around. It’s not always about hitting it hard but about [serving] the seams of the other team so that there’s more of a chance of them shanking it than returning it.
Do you like setting a big point or getting an ace more?
I’m all about assists, so I like setting up my big hitters like Mike [Schmidt] and Will [Tischler] to put the ball away. It gets the team more excited so I like doing that.