Sr. boys volleyball team suffers first loss


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Senior boys’ volleyball team have their first mark under the loss column.

The Bulldogs lost their first match of the season 25-20, 22-25 and 21-25 to Cardinal Carter last Thursday afternoon. The last two set are the only sets the Bulldogs have dropped this season.

The Bulldogs now sit at 7-1 on the season while the Cougars improve to 6-1.

“Some of the guys never had an undefeated record so when that was in jeopardy some of the guys felt some pressure and let it get the better of them,” said Amherst’s Dylan Jaber.

The Bulldogs are a team that can pass the ball very well which set up their hard hitting outside hitters, however Amherst wasn’t able to utilize their strengths.

“Cardinal Carter just executed better than we did,” said Jaber.

Amherst head coach Mike Balogh the Bulldogs are usually able to shut down the other team using the middle however that wasn’t the case against Cardinal Carter.

“We finally came up against a team that was challenging us more than we are used to and we weren’t able to make some of the adjustments because we haven’t faced that much of a challenge this year,” said Balogh.

Jaber believes this was an eye opener for the Bulldogs.

“It makes us realize we need to get a lot better,” said Jaber. “Teams like Essex and Walkerville are both better than Cardinal Carter, so we need to improve.”

Balogh added he feels the loss could be good for the team.

“It’s good growth as individuals and as a team,” said Balogh. “They got to see what adversity is like and what’s it’s like to come back to that.

Jaber added that the loss will only add fuel to their fire.

“We didn’t want to lose a set during a season and we lost three in one week,” he said. “We are coming out with a edge and going to play with a chip on our shoulder.”

The Bulldogs travelled to Catholic Central last Tuesday and won two sets to one. Catholic Central won the first set 25-19. Amherst rebounded to win the next two sets 25-16 and 25-13.

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