LA GRANGE – Marko Kostich gets a lot of attention for Lyons Township volleyball, and deservedly so, but Jake Bobrowski is another college-bound setter for the Lions.
Bobrowski will play for Dominican University next season. His quality play has allowed the Lions to play a 6-2 system in which Harvard-bound Kostich and Bobrowski both feature prominently in the Lions’ lineup.
In order to keep both college-level setters on the floor at the same time, Kostich has played some hitter as well. At 6-foot-5, Kostich brings plenty of height to the attack and block for LT.
Bobrowski said he prefers to stick to setter, a position he has always played since he started playing volleyball in fifth grade.
“You’re like the quarterback of the team,” he said. “You get to call the plays. It’s nice getting that control.”
From a coach’s perspective, there is no downside to using two setters at the same time.
“I like a two-setter system because it keeps two people fresh,” LT coach Joann Pyritz said. “In case something does happen at least you know everybody is ready to play and nobody feels we’ve missed a step if one setter happens to be out.”
Pyritz was speaking from experience after having Kostich miss some of Downers Grove South’s Mustang Invitational on April 26. He played in LT’s two pool play matches the day before and one match in the silver bracket before heading to a commitment at Harvard. With Kostich gone, the Lions ended up winning the silver bracket.
The Lions also defeated Hinsdale South 25-14, 25-21 while sitting out Kostich. In his absence, Bobrowski and Eric Mueller ran the 6-2 offense.
“I like keeping everybody fresh throughout the season so that by the end of the season if we pick our strong lineup, great, but then everybody can respond to both setters,” Pyritz said. “Jake and Marko really have been splitting the time. There’s really no problem when we do that, and Eric Mueller came in and he actually does a nice job, too. It’s nice having the third setter sometimes that we can use.”
A year ago, Bobrowski didn’t play much while Kostich ran the show, but he’s more involved now.
“It’s really nice that I get to play this season,” Bobrowski said. “Last year I was still pretty involved with a lot of the guys because we’re all friends, but this year it’s nice to get a starting role. I think it brought me closer to some of the guys on the team.”
Bobrowski plays his club ball for Ultimate Volleyball Club in Frankfort. As a result, he was familiar with many of the opposing players LT saw at the Lincoln-Way East Invite over the weekend, including Lincoln-Way North’s Brad McFarland, who is a club teammate he will room with at Dominican.
At the tournament, LT swept both Maine South (25-14, 25-17) and Stagg (25-10, 25-21) in pool play to advance to the championship bracket. The Lions settled for fifth place, topping Lincoln-Way West in the final match.