Attempt TO Quit ME: Southern Regional hitter Tommy Deakyne goes for the eliminate towards Jackson Memorial all through the Rams’ 2-1 victory in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals on May well 28. (Pics by David Biggy)
By the time the Shore Conference Match is wrapping up and the condition tournaments start, mentor Eric Maxwell expects his crew to be playing its most effective volleyball. That’s the circumstance every year, and this year is no unique.
“That’s the mentality the initially day we step into the gym for the 1st observe, to get the ring at the conclude of the season,” mentioned senior hitter Tommy Deakyne, following he and the Rams knocked off Jackson Memorial, 2-1, in the Shore Conference Event semifinals May perhaps 28. “We know it is going to be a struggle, but we can do it. We consider we’re a person of the ideal groups in the point out.”
The Rams did not engage in like it in the 1st activity versus the Jaguars, who climbed again from an early, 4-1 deficit, went on a 4- spurt to consider a 12-8 direct, then maintained the hole from there, at some point having the initial video game, 25-22.
“Like every thing, it arrived down to fundamentals, and we weren’t passing properly,” mentioned Maxwell, whose squad was 24-1 heading into the SCT ultimate to deal with leading-seeded Christian Brothers Academy, the only group consequently considerably to defeat the Rams. “If we’re not passing very well, we’re predictable and teams can get blockers in position to cease our hitters on the outside. When we don’t have possibilities since we’re not passing effectively, that creates a predicament exactly where it is easy for them to go through what we’re undertaking. That’s what occurred in the initial recreation right now.”
In the second recreation, Southern basically squashed the Jaguars’ hopes of a two-activity victory throughout the very first 13 factors, getting a 10-3 guide that ultimately created up to a 22-9 hole. The Rams did really minimal incorrect in the next activity, as Deakyne, Lucas Kean and other people started discovering the floor on the reverse side of the net.
THRILLER: Southern’s Dylan Lockwood reacts immediately after scoring a stage to give the Rams the direct in their 2-1 victory around Jackson Memorial during the semifinals of the Shore Convention Match on May well 28.
“I just never imagine we have been awake still,” Deakyne stated. “We were a minor shaky in the very first match and they jumped all in excess of us. We desired to combat back again and get some momentum.”
Right after the 25-11 second match, Southern experienced the momentum it needed and went up 12-6 in the third before Jackson Memorial rebounded.
“Our guys were being lights out in the next video game, and when we enjoy like that it is scary,” Maxwell stated. “We’re not often heading to get that degree, simply because that’s an crazy amount to sustain all the time. But we experienced the momentum and had a 12-6 lead in the third, and at that point most groups just give up. Jackson did not do that. And we stopped participating in. They battled back and forced us to alter yet again.”
With Southern up, 20-19, a prolonged dialogue among the officers finally awarded a level to Memorial soon after a ball supposedly was touched by a Southern participant before it went out of bounds, knotting the rating at 20-20. The Rams and Jaguars (15-3) traded the future couple factors, but Southern scored on a block by Matt Rekuc to make it a 24-22 contest. A serve into the net manufactured it 24-23, and the Rams had to go to their large gun, Deakyne, who completed with 20 kills.
“At that place, I’m generally wanting for my cross shot simply because that’s the one particular I appreciate,” he claimed. “It was there and I just experienced to do what I do. They have a superior blocker in the center, and it was not always straightforward to get that shot, but which is what I experienced to do for us to gain.”
Ethan Situation acquired the provide and sent it forward to Dylan Lockwood, who established it limited to the web along the left facet. Deakyne hammered it between blockers and properly to the reverse facet for the 25-23 get.
CLUTCH: Southern’s Tommy Deakyne and Gavin Bates celebrate soon after the Rams gained the 3rd activity to oust Jackson Memorial in the Shore Convention Tournament semifinals on May well 28.
“When the match is on the line, which is who we’re going to,” Maxwell claimed. “A large amount of instances currently, they discovered a way to quit him. But at that position of the match, we were being going to make them quit our best dude. If they did, good for them, but which is the only way they defeat us there – they have to block our ideal hitter.”
Lockwood concluded with 28 assists and 6 digs, although Case managed 10 digs and a pair of aces – each coming in the first game when Southern began with a 6-1 direct – and Philip Gallina contributed eight digs. Kean smashed seven kills and registered four digs. Jay Silva also had a pair of blocks and two kills.
In Tuesday’s SCT championship versus CBA, the Rams avenged a 2- reduction from May well 10, beating the Colts, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, to capture their 16th conference title.
Of system, now’s the time when the Rams generally dial up their recreation. On Could 26, leading-seeded Southern cruised to a 25-6, 25-7 victory around 33rd-seeded Toms River South in the initial spherical of the NJSIAA South Jersey tournament. Kean led the way with 8 kills, while Nick Piserchia piled up 15 support factors, which include three aces, and 6 digs, Lockwood dished out 14 assists, and Gallina shipped four aces.
The Rams highly developed to the second round to satisfy 17th-seeded Pinelands, slated for Wednesday, June 2, at Southern Regional Significant Faculty. The winner will consider on either eighth-seeded Lacey or ninth-seeded Cherry Hill East in the quarterfinals on Friday, June 4, with the winner advancing to the semis on Monday, June 7.
In spite of the deficiency of a year a yr ago, and only a handful of of the existing gamers on Southern’s roster played on the group two years in the past – when it didn’t achieve the point out championship match adhering to a 10-calendar year run in which it played in the general ultimate – Maxwell states his group is capable of finding the software back again to the place it believes it belongs every year.
“There’s no question these fellas are organizing to get back again there,” he stated. “And there’s some stress on them with that simply because we did not make it to the condition final two a long time back, and which is Okay. They know, from the initially apply, what the target is. We’re taking part in for a condition title and which is what they want.”
— David Biggy
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