Mike Fuerst is hard to miss. At 6-7, Hersey’s Princeton-bound middle hitter strikes an imposing figure on the court.
But somehow, his teammates managed to overlook him Tuesday in Mount Prospect.
“I kept wondering when we were going to get him the ball,” Hersey coach Nancy Lill said.
But it wasn’t as if the Huskies needed their big middle. Six-foot-5 junior Bart Migus had seven kills and three blocks, 6-5 Matt Torvik added five kills, a block and 14 assists, and Jordan Saeed contributed three kills and two blocks as Hersey pounded Prospect 25-13, 25-13 in Mid-Suburban East play.
“I think we played … obviously, you could always play better,” Migus said. “I think we had one service error and touched the net maybe three times. Those are just dumb errors. We can fix those. Otherwise, I thought it was a really good game.
“Our hitting efficiency was very high. We were touching every ball on the block. Our defense was really good. I’m really happy. We’re 10-1. This is something I’ve never experienced in high school. We’re really excited and we want to keep working hard.”
Hersey (10-1, 3-0) trailed only twice during the match, at 1-0 and at 2-1 in Game 1. The Huskies raced to 17-8 leads in both sets, taking advantage of Prospect’s passing problems early and its service woes late.
“This was all about Hersey,” Prospect coach Mike Riedy said. “They played a phenomenal game. They manhandled us. Their defense was dead on. Their offense was spot perfect. Their setting was great. Their serving was impressive. They earned this match. We didn’t even show up.
“We passed the ball inside the 10-foot line maybe five times, and when we did we ran an aggressive offense and got a kill on almost every one of those. But when you pass 95 percent of the balls to the 10 or the 12, it destroys your whole offense.
“In the second game, their blocking was spot on because it was so obvious where we were going with the ball.”
Eryk Krzyzak led Prospect (8-7, 2-1) with six kills, 6-6 rightside Grant Andler added four kills and an ace and Jacob Schwister had 16 assists.
“We know Grant (Adler) is their go-to guy,” Lill said. “We wanted to neutralize him. We wanted to pick on a few areas in their serve-receive pattern. We were prepared for a few things they were going to throw at us and we executed our game plan well.
“The guys are playing some great ball. It doesn’t matter who we play, who’s on the other side of the net. We need to execute our game plan, we need to play hard and keep improving as a team.”