Knights topple Bulldogs in three sets

 

 

Bulldogs-Knights vballCutline: Dane Huneault tries to pass the ball up to the front row.

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst senior boys volleyball team were frazzled even before their match against the Holy Names Knights began.

Head coach Craig Lohnes arriving slightly behind schedule was enough to throw the surging Bulldogs off their game, losing in three sets to the Knights, 25-20, 29-27, and 25-18.

“It was completely my fault,” said Lohnes. “I got to Holy Names late and threw off the team routine but that’s no excuse for how we played.”

From the opening serve, the Bulldogs seemed frustrated. Their first pass that usually gets hit to the setter was being hit off to the side or into the net.

T.J. Wilson was a monster in the opening set, blocking four of the Knights kills, but only had one kill. Dylan Jaber led the attack for the Bulldogs with three kills as the Bulldog dropped the first set 25-20.

Holy Names continued their dominance in the second set and looked to take the game in straight sets before Lohnes called a timeout with the Knights leading 22-17.

Amherst found a rhythm and began to pound the ball enroute to a thrilling 29-27 set win.

“We started to play our game and woke up in the second set,” said Dane Huneault.

The second set was Amherst’s most productive set with Joel Wilson finishing with three hits and three block, TJ Wilson added three kills and six block, Macaul Reiner had eight kills, Jaber pitched in with seven kills and two block and Huneault added five kills and one block.

Huneault was forced to sit the third set due to a sprained thumb and the Knight took the deciding set 25-18.

A big contributor to the Bulldogs loss was the first pass and the inability to make Holy Names pay when they gave free balls.

“If we can’t pass, we can’t show our offense and we have a lot of offense,” said Lohnes. “We work on it all the time but sometimes it just doesn’t work.”

The Bulldogs kick off a three game home stand starting Tuesday against Kingsville. Amherst is now 6-3 in the season.

 

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