Balanced Attack Leads Southern Boys Volleyball Team to 11th Sectional Crown

WINNERS: The Southern Regional boys volleyball staff gathers about the trophy just after the Rams defeated Jackson Memorial, 2-, in the NJSIAA South Jersey sectional ultimate on June 9. (Images by David Biggy)
The Jackson Memorial boys volleyball group found out on June 9 why Southern Regional, year after yr, is so tricky to conquer at this time of yr.
It’s not simply because the Rams often roll out a large hitter to bang the ball down opposing teams’ throats. It is for the reason that, when an NJSIAA South Jersey title is on the line, the Rams typically bring the complete property, not just the kitchen sink.
“We’re heading immediately after a point out title, and we glimpse at it as if we’re unstoppable when we’re playing our best,” explained senior setter Dylan Lockwood, who didn’t just provide 20 assists on Wednesday, he added a few essential kills and three big blocks to rate the Rams to their 11th straight sectional championship with a 25-11, 25-20 gain around the Jaguars. “We didn’t get the prospect two yrs ago, when I was a sophomore, to participate in for the state title, so suitable now we’re playing to get it all, and we’re going to do every thing we can to do it.”
From the outset of Wednesday’s sectional closing, the major-seeded Rams (27-1) asserted on their own as the aggressor alternatively than hold out for Jackson to make moves Southern experienced to counter. They served the ball with intent and pressured the Jaguars, who appeared scattered at occasions on protection, into errors. And it was not until eventually afterwards in the second game Southern gave up a couple numerous-place spurts.
“The fact Jackson has played us difficult and took us to a few online games two times, we required to make certain we weren’t participating in 3 today,” claimed head mentor Eric Maxwell, whose squad has by no means misplaced a section final since the inception of the sectional format for boys in 2010. “We respect them more than enough to function really hard, so that it’s not that close. We know us very well, but we felt we experienced the edge the whole time. We knew we have been greater, and our guys performed that way.”
SORRY, NOT SORRY: Southern Regional’s Dylan Lockwood (1) and Keith Jeranek place up a enormous double block in the next sport of the Rams’ 2- earn about Jackson Memorial to safe an 11th straight NJSIAA South Jersey title on June 9.
In the initial recreation, the Rams jumped out to an 11-4 direct and traded points with the Jags till it was 19-9 prior to Southern dropped the hammer. A block by Lockwood created it 21-11, prior to a hitting error from Jackson created it 22-11. Soon after senior Philip Gallina scored on an ace, senior hitter Tommy Deakyne, who tallied 9 kills, dropped a quick a person to the middle of the floor, and the Jaguars strike the ball out of bounds on the next stage to conclude the recreation.
In the 2nd activity, Southern opened up with additional great play at the web by Lockwood, C.J. Schmidt and Keith Jeranek as the Rams designed an instant direct, 5-1. The Jaguars (18-4) tried out to maintain rate, but just could not muster points in substantial spurts towards Southern’s defense though the Rams’ offense kept getting holes in Jackson’s defense, specially to the center.
Two of Jeranek’s five kills came when he dumped a pair of balls to the center on successive details, earning it 13-8, prior to Lockwood employed speedy dumps to the center a little bit later on to make it 18-11.
“It was not actually a plan to go to the center so a lot, but I seen there wasn’t a blocker on me, so I took gain of the area they gave me,” Lockwood mentioned. “They block properly on the outdoors, but we have been in a position to defeat them by using edge of what they gave us in the middle.”
With the Rams up 21-16, it was only a subject of time prior to they concluded off the Jaguars. A Lucas Kean get rid of, his fourth of the match, set Southern up by four, 23-19, in advance of Jackson managed to scored its closing position of the time. The very last two factors came from Jeranek, a person of 11 seniors on the squad, who once again employed the center to fall kills and secure a different sectional crown.
“We were being able to operate far more center by forcing them into some uncomplicated photographs that permitted for us to move well from the back, and it acquired much more fellas concerned,” Maxwell explained. “We did some things with our serve that took them out of their offense. We handed properly, and they didn’t pass so perfectly. Tommy is remarkable, and we will go to him when we will need to and power teams to block him, but we never often want him to have to get 20 kills for us to win. We want much more equilibrium in our offense at this position of the period, and it usually arrives down to fundamentals.”
In addition to his ace, Gallina ended with nine digs and three assists, while senior Ethan Scenario concluded with eight digs, and Schmidt, nevertheless one more senior, managed a few major kills and a block. Senior Jay Silva also experienced a block and a get rid of.
“Our seniors want to earn a state title,” Lockwood explained. “We imagine this is our time.”
Southern will enjoy a household match in the condition semifinals at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 11, against North Jersey 1 champ Good Lawn. A victory about the Cutters would send out the Rams to the condition closing on Monday, June 14, from the winner of the other semifinal, among Central champ Outdated Bridge, which ousted Christian Brothers Academy, 2-, on Wednesday, and North 2 winner St. Peter’s Prep.
— David Biggy
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