senior boys volleyball

Bulldogs showing progress on the volleyball court



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst senior boys volleyball team were on the court twice and experienced their first taste of victory.

While both matches were defeats, the Bulldogs scored a win in one of the three games against the Brennan Cardinals Thursday afternoon. Played at Brennan, the Bulldogs dropped the first two games 25-21 and 25-18 but rallied to win the third game 25-23.

The week started with a loss on the Bulldogs’ home court to Riverside last Tuesday evening. The visitors swept the Bulldogs in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-11 and 26-24.

Despite the loss, head coach Craig Lohnes was satisfied with his team’s performance.

Quenton Desjardins (14) of General Amherst bumps a ball back over the net during WECSSAA senior boys volleyball action last Tuesday night. The Bulldogs lost in three sets to Riverside.

“They are doing better, slowly but surely,” Lohnes said after last Tuesday evening’s match.

After a lopsided loss in the second game, Lohnes was pleased with how his team rebounded in the third match and nearly won it.

“They came back and had a good showing in the third game,” he said. “It would have been nice to finish off that set.”

Lohnes said the Bulldogs are getting better and applauded the work of his players, in particular those who come off the bench. He said it is tough to come off the bench cold and serve but credited players for doing just that. Players that stood out included Quenton Desjardins and Matteo Palumbo.

“We want to get better as the season progresses,” said Lohnes. “They are doing well.”

Riley Sesto (11) and Brady DeWaal (9) go up to block a ball at the net.

Lohnes added they knew Riverside had some talented players but thought the Bulldogs responded to the challenge.

“I thought we fared well with their skill level. We are happy with that,” he stated. “Riverside is a good team.”

The Bulldogs are in action only once this week, as St. Thomas of Villanova’s senior boys volleyball team comes to General Amherst for a 4 p.m. match Thursday.

Sr. Bulldogs excited to return to the volleyball court



By Ron Giofu


After not having a senior boys volleyball team last season, the General Amherst Bulldogs are back on the court.

They opened the WECSSAA Tier 1 season with a 26-24, 25-15 and 25-12 loss to the Holy Names Knights on Bulldogs’ home court.

Despite the loss, General Amherst coach Craig Lohnes was pleased with the effort.

Benjamin Bezzoubkin returns a ball over the net during senior boys volleyball action last Tuesday evening at General Amherst.

“I thought they did a great job,” he said. “I’m proud of the guys. They did awesome.”

Most of the players are up from the junior ranks, he said, and they are learning their way in senior volleyball. Lohnes said the players are excited and geared up to have a team back on the volleyball court this season but noted the system is new for them and they are working hard at learning it.

“We’re looking forward to this year,” he said.

The expectation is to get better every game, Lohnes added, and to be a better team at the end of this season than at the start.

Joe Leroux hits the ball over the net during Sept. 25 volleyball action at General Amherst.

“We’ve got a great group of guys who work hard at practice. They take a lot of pride in not letting the ball hit the ground. They’ll dig and dive and work hard for every point,” said Lohnes.

The Bulldogs were at St. Anne last Thursday evening and lost 25-11, 25-19 and 25-19. They host Riverside Oct. 2 after the Oct. 3 prin issue of the River Town Times went to press and are at Brennan Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.