SOL Boys' Volleyball District Wrap (5-15-18)

Neshaminy, CB West, Council Rock South and Souderton were winners in Tuesday’s opening round of the District One 3A Tournament. CB West/North Penn photos provided courtesy of Jon Sklut. Check back for a gallery of photos.

#1-10 NESHAMINY 3, #1-7 UNIONVILLE 2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-8)
The Redskins appeared to be on the verge of an early exit from the district tournament after dropping the first two sets of Tuesday’s opening round match, but they turned things around in a hurry, winning the next three in the five-set match.
“We came out flat after the long bus ride out there,” coach Pat Klingerman said. “They jumped on us right out of the gate. It took us a while to really get into our rhythm and play our style of volleyball.
“We have been in this position before this season, being down 0-2 to start a match and then rally back to win in five sets. Those lessons that we learned earlier in the season really came in handy tonight. Our guys never panicked and continued to push throughout the match.”
Leading the Redskins at the net were Steve Wenderlich (14 kills, five aces, eight digs), Ben McGonagle (13 kills, one ace, two blocks), Tony Camillo (seven kills, six blocks) and Jesse Marshall (seven kills, two aces, two digs, three blocks). Setter JD Palmieri had 45 assists and two aces.
Alex Swiderski led the defense with 12 digs to go along with four aces and three assists. Matt Schwab added five kills and six digs. Bert Shen (two kills) and Jesse Kovashetz (four digs) also contributed.
“It was an excellent comeback from an 0-2 deficit,” Klingerman said. “Great team effort all around.”
Neshaminy will travel to Central Bucks East for Thursday’s quarterfinal match.

#1-5 COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 3, #1-12 ABINGTON 1 (25-14, 26-24, 19-25, 25-22)
The Golden Hawks advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals with a four-set win over the Ghosts.
Andrew Richards (17 kills) and Shane Slivinski (11 kills) both had big nights at the net for the Hawks. Dan Paulson led the defense with 22 digs to go along with five kills. Dylan Baptiste added two kills and three blocks.
For the Ghosts, Sean Dougherty led the defense with 21 digs.  Danny Gonzalez was a force at the net with 17 kills to go along with 12 digs. Peter Dougherty had nine kills and one block, and setter TJ Dougherty had 35 assists and five digs. Jacob Brandt had seven digs and one ace, and Charlie Viola had one dig. Jason Lockhart had two kills, one block and one dig, and Juan Perez had six kills and three blocks. Josh Harkins had two kills, and Shane Collins had three kills, three digs and an assist.
Council Rock South will be on the road at fourth-seeded Pennridge on Thursday.

#1-8 CENTRAL BUCKS WEST 3, #1-9 NORTH PENN 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 15-8)
The Bucks edged the Knights in a hard fought five-set match to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Leading the Bucks at the net were Cole Nagle (19 kills, 10 digs), Eli Gibson (10 kills, 13 digs) and Austin Cervasio (10 kills). Setter Adam Klapper handed out 46 assists and also had a team-high 19 digs. Liam Baxter had five kills and three blocks while Louis Weimer added four kills.
Central Bucks West will travel to top-seeded Council Rock North on Thursday.