Check out the recaps for SOL boys’ volleyball teams in action Monday.
BENSALEM 3, COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 2 (15-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 15-7)
Bensalem battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Golden Hawks.
“It was a total team effort,” Bensalem coach Tim Linehan said.
The Owls’ coach pointed to the outstanding match of Shiv Patel, who finished with 18 kills, two aces and 10 digs. Paul Leible (17 kills) and Ethan Fan (14 kills, three aces) had strong games at the net. Basheer Ghafary (50 assists), Nisu Patel (13 digs, two aces) and Jake Mottershead (four kills, three aces, nine digs) also made important contributions. Senior middle Kyle McViccar, according to Linehan, came up with two huge kills to help Bensalem rally from its 2-1 deficit.
For the Golden Hawks, Andrew Richards led the way with 18 digs, 11 kills, three aces, one block and a 2.2 passer rating. Jatin Singh had seven kills (.357 hitting percentage), five blocks and two aces. Mitch Gribman had 20 assists, eight digs and two blocks, and Alec Rovner added 10 digs and five kills. Josh “Brick” Berkowitz, the Golden Hawks’ defensive specialist, stepped up in the front row with one kill, one block, two aces and six digs. Jadon “JD” Freed added one ace and nine digs. Slava Hlushko had one block and one kill, and Shevy Fernando had one block.
Bensalem upped its record to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the SOL.
COUNCIL ROCK NORTH 3 NESHAMINY 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-16)
The Indians picked up an impressive win, earning a sweep of a Redskin squad that had won three straight entering Monday’s match.
Sean D’Arcy led the Indians with nine kills (.389 hitting percentage) and 11 digs. Justin Burns had nine kills, a team-high 17 digs and four aces while Seth Connors added four kills, three digs and one ace. Nick Desautelle contributed three kills, four digs and two aces, and setter Vytis Duncia had 19 assists, six digs and one ace. Seth Connors had four kills, three digs and one service ace.
UPPER DUBLIN 3, ABINGTON 0 (25-20, 25-14, 26-24)
The Flying Cardinals used a balanced attack to earn a sweep of the Ghosts.
Matt Ross led the Cardinals with 12 kills, three digs, two aces and one block while Mario Petushi had eight kills, six digs and one ace. Mike Ryan contributed five kills and four blocks, and Ciaran Sutherland had three kills and two digs. Taco Thompson led the defense with nine digs. David Levin (12 assists, three digs, one block, one kill) and Devin O’Brien (18 assists, two digs, one ace, one kill) split setting duties.
For the Ghosts, Danny Gonzalez led the offense with eight kills while Juan Perez, Mario Colavita and Kenny Wasekanes each had four kills. Setters Toulant Kurti and Ross Armon had 11 and eight assists, respectively. Libero Sean Dougherty led the defense with 12 digs and one ace.
CENTRAL BUCKS EAST 3, ARCHBISHOP WOOD 0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-16)
Jacob LaBouliere, according to coach Rob Minschwiner, is East’s version of a Swiss Army Knife, and in Monday’s sweep of the Vikings, he filled a stat sheet, contributing 15 assists, three kills, five digs, two blocks and two aces.
Sophomore CJ Dalby had a big match, tallying five kills, three aces, five blocks, and 11 digs. Ryan Figus managed three assists, seven digs, and an ace, while Jack Miller led the team with five aces on serve. Jack Zapf impressed with four digs, three blocks, and two kills, and Connor Quinn added three blocks and two digs. Shawn Lampke chipped in with an ace, a block, and a dig, and Cole Stanley helped anchor the Patriot defense behind Vishum Desai's big blocking presence at the net.
SOUDERTON 3, LANSDALE CATHOLIC 1 (25-10, 20-25, 25-10, 25-23)
Aidan Wunderly (13 kills, five digs) and Jimmy Wert (13 kills, 10 digs) led the Indians in Monday’s non-league win over the Crusaders. Setter Luke Pagan handed out 27 assists, and Will Nase had a strong all-around performance, finishing with seven kills, 12 digs and four blocks.
LA SALLE 3, CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH 2 (25-23, 25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 25-12)