Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Sports

North boys volleyball trying to find its identity

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Williamsville North boys volleyball coach Jake Waszak knows his team is capable of playing with most teams in Western New York. He just has no idea which team is going to show up.

The Spartans pulled a Jekyll and Hyde routine last week, cruising to a 25-15, 25-14, 26-24 road win over a strong Williamsville East team Oct. 2, and then played poorly in a 15-25, 18-25, 13-25 road loss at Frontier Oct. 4. It’s become an unfortunate pattern for the Spartans this season.

“We have spent a lot of time talking about what it means to play Williamsville North volleyball and what we want to be moving forward,” Waszak said. “We’re focusing on what we are doing on our side of the court, like serving, serve receive, playing defense, and a focus on ball control, and not worrying about what is on the other side of the court. We played our new brand of Williamsville North volleyball against East and played poorly against Frontier.”

North tallied 19 kills in the second set against East.

Adam Gulick led the Spartans in the match with 22 kills, five aces and eight digs.

Joe Battaglia and Jon Abaya both tallied nine kills, and Alex Steinwachs and Justin Konotopskyj each had four kills.

Battaglia also recorded a team-high 11 digs.

Matt Wiepert handed out 43 assists and tallied two aces.

Eoin Burns contributed two aces and four digs, and Mitchell Simon added six digs.

Gulick led the offense against Frontier with 11 kills, three aces and 12 digs.

Konotopskyj, Abaya and Battaglia each tallied four kills, and Steinwachs posted three kills. Burns had one ace.

Wiepert tallied 24 assists. Simon recorded six digs.

North also competed in the Lockport Tournament Saturday, defeating Williamsville South, 25-18, 25-14, and losing to Starpoint, 23-25, 22-25, and Lockport, 15-25, 19-25.

Waszak said the team played its best match of the pool and season against Starpoint.

“A few bounces went their way and that was the difference in the match,” Waszak said. “It was a heartbreaker to lose because if we beat them, we would have advanced in the playoffs and could have had a shot at making the finals.”

North (5-6, 3-4) travels to Clarence Friday and is in the 26th annual Williamsville South Invitational at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Williamsville South.

“We’re still trending in the right direction, and it is nice to see the progress that they are making,” Waszak said.

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