Butler boys volleyball ends drought vs. SV
BUTLER TWP — There was no close call this time. Wanting a win against a Section 2-AAA heavyweight, the
Twice this season, the Golden Tornado lost five-game matches against section foes
Robert Kunst had a big kill and a
It was the Golden Tornado's first win over the Raiders in several seasons.
Not that Golden Tornado junior Chris Fiorina is satisfied with hurdling one roadblock.
Fiorina, who had a team-high 13 digs, hopes it's the first of many for the Golden Tornado (6-2, 4-2).
“It's a huge confidence boost, but we need to go beat the big teams,” Fiorina said. “We need to move on and keep playing the way we have been.”
“It's a big step for our program. It's been a while since we beat Seneca,” Liparulo said. “We've had a lot of close matches with them, but it's been awhile since we defeated them.”
Mike Jones keyed the Raiders in the first game, leading
“I thought the blocking stepped up in the past few games,” said
“We went with a different offense. You could tell it was better, but we missed opportunities,” Raiders coach Dan Follett said. “We didn't take advantage of opportunities to point score. That was the difference.”
In Games 2 and 3, the Raiders had no answer for Matt Huey. Huey unleashed several wicked spikes and finished with a game-high 26 kills.
“We started playing more clean and filled in the gaps when the balls were dropping,” Liparulo said. “Our serve-receive got better. And when that gets better, our attack got better.”
In the second and third games, Butler started on big runs.
The Golden Tornado got in front 4-1 in the second game and 6-1 in the third set.
“I think we serve-received better and cut down on the errors throughout the game,” Fiorina said. “Huey stepped up his game and everybody helped each other out.”
John Price led the Raiders with 13 kills, while Zach Lyman had 10.
Follett thinks as his young team gets more experience, Seneca Valley will continue to improve.
“We had four sophomores see significant time in high pressure situations,” Follett said. “It was good to see them score and play well, but not lose composure, too.”