LIVINGSTON, NJ – The 2014 Lancer Boys Volleyball team remained undefeated by defeating Golda Och, 25-8, 25-19, at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Monday.
Livingston (4-0) controlled the game against the younger, smaller Golda Och squad.
The Lancers are currently ranked 12th in the state in the most recent Newark Star-Ledger rankings. The 2013 the Lancer team finished the season ranked No. 8. Based on this year’s start, there is no reason to think that Livingston cannot reach the Top 10 in the near future.
Livingston libero, junior Kevin Cheng, helped Livingston to a fast start. He compiled a service point streak of 14, which included five aces. Cheng also chipped in with 10 digs to pace the defense. Setter David Shulman did a great job, once again, spreading the ball around to several front line hitters. Outside hitter Jason Levine led Livingston with six kills, and has looked impressive in his first Varsity season. Matt Brown, Cheng, and Tom Montesion each contributed 4 kills to the victory and Mikey Thompson also chipped in with a kill.
The Lancers showed their tremendous depth in game two. Livingston’s bench, which can compete well with any other starting team in the conference, proved up to the task. Junior Dustin Cece contributed 12 assists and one kill. Sophomore middle blocker EJ Okopie looked dominant, with five kills. Jacob Haaker chipped in with four kills and several nice passes. Jack Rulka had 11 digs and made the setter’s job easy with accurate passing. Connor Mccloskey made some key passes during the second game. Golda Och kept it close for a while, but the Lancers were too strong.
Both Coaches Al Partelow and Bob Cece seemed pleased with the effort, but know that some stiff competition is on the schedule in the near future. A key quad match with three other top teams in state and the Lancer Invitational will be good indicators of how good this team can be.
Livingston is looking forward to their next match, vs. North 13th Street on Wednesday, April 9, as well as another key SEC Conference matchup at Bloomfield later in the week.
Shulman said, “We are looking forward to our next game against conference rival, North 13th Street. They usually have some strong hitters.”