Bulldogs muscle their way to win over Cavaliers

 

 

Bulldogs volleyballCutline: Joel Wilson puts the finishing touches on a second set victory over the Kingsville Cavaliers.

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst senior boys volleyball team had one goal they wanted to achieve in their match against the Kingsville Cavaliers last Tuesday.

Their goal: hit the ball.

The Bulldogs certainly achieved it, powering their way to a two set to one set victory (25-20, 25-20, 22,25) over the visiting Cavaliers.

“It was a good rebound game for us after losing to Holy Names,” said TJ Wilson. “We just had an all around better game.”

Amherst took the first set 25-20 but had to work to get there. Kingsville did a good job of making the Bulldogs hit across court and digging their kills, however, it was Amherst ability to control the play at the net that turned the tide.

Joel Wilson had six hits and five blocks and Dylan Jaber contributed four hits and three blocks, Wilson had one hit and three blocks, Dean Huneault finished with two kills and two blocks. Macaul Reiner also pitched in with three blocks.

In the second set, Kingsville got out to a quick lead but Amherst marched back to bang out five consecutive points. Kingsville kept it interesting with keeping within striking distance but eventually fell 25-20.

Reiner led the way with four hits and three blocks while the Wilson brothers both finished with three hits and four blocks.

Amherst dropped the third set 25-22 but already had the match in hand.

Bulldogs head coach Craig Lohnes said the Bulldogs got off to a slow start but once their passing became constant they found their rhythm.

“It all comes down to passing,” said Lohnes. “If we can pass the ball we have the offense plays that we need and the hitters to execute those plays.”

Lohnes credited Wilson brothers for making big blocks and hard hits in the first set to wake up and energize the team.

“TJ and Joel are both big middles. Both of them came up huge, TJ with the block and Joel with his hits. Those guys are big players for us and they played like it today,” he said.

Wilson said when anyone on the team gets a big block it fires up the entire team.

“We feed off those big blocks. Our energy get way up, our passing becomes crisper and everyone starts playing their hardest,” he said.

The Bulldogs end their regular season with matches against St. Joseph’s (Tuesday) and St. Anne (Thursday). Both matches will be at home.

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