High flying Bulldogs rolling after two big wins

 

 

Bulldogs vbalCutline: Amherst outside hitter Dylan Jaber soars through the air before hammering down one of his five first set kills against Brennan last Tuesday afternoon.

By Joel Charron

After stumbling out of the gate, the General Amherst senior boys’ volleyball team is starting to figure it out.

The Bulldogs improved their record to 5-2 following a week where Amherst picked up a impressive win over Brennan (25-18, 23-25, 25-23) and rival Villanova (25-15, 25-22, 15-25).

“We executed the way we wanted to,” said Amherst hitter Dylan Jaber following last Tuesday’s win over Brennan at home. “We got into a few minor slumps but we bounced back compared what we usually do.”

The first set was a back and forth affair with Amherst eventually building a strong lead. Jaber finished with five kills and two blocks, T.J. and Joel Wilson both finished with two kills and two blocks while Macaul Reiner and Dane Huneault finished with two kills each.

Brennan took a close second set 25-23 but the Bulldogs rebounded to take the final set 25-23 with Jaber ending the game with an enthusiastic hit.

“That had a lot of frustration behind it,” joked Jaber as he walked off the court.

Head coach Craig Lohnes said the Bulldogs are starting to work together and avoid the mental letdowns the Bulldogs are prone to.

“We had fewer mental lapses today which kept us in the game much better,” he said. “I was very happy with the way they worked, you can tell they are starting to trust each other more.”

Lohnes noted the passing could use a little more work.

“If we start to pass the ball better we are going to be a very hard team to beat because we have guys that can hit the ball,” said Lohnes.

Jaber said the Bulldogs showed “a lot of heart” against Brennan.

“They (Brennan) came hard, they played well but when we needed to make plays, we executed,” he said.

Jaber also added that beating Brennan and Villanova, the Bulldogs feel they are one of Tier 1’s top teams.

“We know what we are capable of. We know we can play with anyone,” stated Jaber.

 

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