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Southern Boys Volleyball Wins Second Straight Overall State Championship and Sixth in Program History by Defeating Fair Lawn 2-0

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Southern posing with State Championship Trophy as NJ 2017 Champs Credits: Chuck Donohue Jr., SRHS Athletic Director
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Credits: Chuck Donohue Jr., SRHS Athletic Director
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MONMOUTH JUNCTION – The Southern Rams Boys Volleyball came through again and captured the state championship with a 2-0 victory over Fair Lawn Thursday.

The Rams captured the state title for the second year straight and the sixth time in program history.

The Rams defeated Fair Lawn High School 25-13 and 25-18 at South Brunswick High School. The Rams played extremely well and made few mistakes.  Coach Eric Maxwell always has his team prepared for this big opportunity. All season long the Rams have matched themselves up against the best talent possible in their nonconference schedule. Their routine is Shore Conference opponents during the week.  Then on to the weekends where the squad logs many miles traveling all over the state to take on the best. The goal is always to be ready for this time of the year.

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The Rams suffered their only loss May 13 against Hunterdon Central. Coach Maxwell considered that loss a good lesson to keep his guys hungry come playoff time. The Rams came through and did not lose another contest all season and finished with a 39-1 record.  

“This team was so balanced with lots of options offensively, tremendous back row play, and the best setter in the state,” said Coach Eric Maxwell. “These players deserve all of their success as they never lost sight of their goal to win another state title.”

On Tuesday, the Rams battled in a great semifinal contest against Bridgewater-Raritan, winning in three sets. Today’s contest went smoothly for the Rams. 

Southern was led by Shane Bent with 12 kills and two blocks. Brennan Davis career ended with a stellar performance as is his custom. Brennan had 26 assists, four kills, nine digs and one ace. Collin Lockwood chipped in with nine kills and five digs. Matt Maxwell had five assists and eight digs.

 

Southern

PLAYER ACES SERVICE PTS. KILLS ASSISTS BLOCKS DIGS
Shane Bent - - 12 - 2 2
Jay Boehler - - 2 - - -
Brennan Davis 1 11 4 26 1 9
Shane Drayton - - 1 - 1 1
Issiah Gaines 1 7 - - - -
Zack Hem - - 6 - 1 -
Sam Iacoves 1 5 - 2 - 9
Matt Jones - 1 - - - 1
Collin Lockwood                   - 1 9 - - 5
Matt Maxwell - 2 - 5 - 8

Fair Lawn

PLAYER ACES SERVICE PTS. KILLS ASSISTS BLOCKS DIGS
Neve Adler - - - - - 2
Joseph Breuer - - 1 1 - 6
Matteo DeGennaro               - - 3 - 1 1
Dan Donenfeld - - 1 17 - 5
Ron Erushalimski - - 1 - - -
Billy Joyce - - 6 - 1 3
Porus Pallupetta - - 2 - 2 2
Jesse Rosenblum - - - - - 1
Dan Sedaka 1 - 5 - - 2

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