FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon Central Volleyball team gave Southern Regional their first loss of the season on Saturday, defeating the Rams two games to none. 

Both games were extremely close.   The first set was a tight back and forth contest.  With the score at 18-17, Hunterdon Central rallied to score seven of the final 11 points of the set to win 25-21.

The second set was even more intense.  The teams consistently traded points.  The Rams built a 22-20 lead in that set, but Hunterdon Central kept battling back.  The score was tied at 23, Southern got a point to set up a set point, but Hunterdon Central was able to get the next point to tie it up again.  Finally, Hunterdon Central closed out the match and won the second game 30-28.  

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Up to this point in the season, the Southern Rams have looked invincible under Coach Eric Maxwell.  The squad now will most likely drop to the number two team in the state behind Hunterdon Central.  The loss should serve as fuel for the Rams in preparing for the state tournament.  

"We have one goal," Maxwell said. "That's to win a state title. It's not going undefeated. In fact, it's scary being undefeated. There was one time where we were (undefeated), and we lost in the semifinals. It may sound crazy, but I was hoping somebody would beat us along the way, because that gets that right out of play. Usually it happens somewhere a bit sooner than this, so you get this far and you start thinking 'jeez, maybe we won't lose one."

The Rams are ready to fire to reach their primary goal to attain another state championshiop.  

Hunterdon Central (2),Southern (0) Super Six Showcase on 5/13/2017

Box Score

Team Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Hunterdon Central (20-0) 25 30 0
Southern (30-1) 21 28 0

Hunterdon Central Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Ryan Beam 2 0 3 0 0 0
Jake Burger 4 1 2 0 0 1
Dean Gill 8 1 2 0 0 1
Logan Heft 4 2 1 0 0 0
Jared Malave 0 0 6 0 0 0
Daniel Peters 1 1 3 33 0 2
Gavin Spiegel 15 0 10 1 0 0
Total: 34 5 27 34 0 4

Southern Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Shane Bent 9 2 1 0 0 0
Jay Boehler 3 0 0 0 0 0
Brennan Davis 2 0 4 26 3 0
Shane Drayton 3 1 2 0 0 0
Issiah Gaines 0 0 0 0 2 0
Zack Hem 2 0 1 0 0 0
Sam Iacoves 0 0 5 0 2 0
Matt Jones 0 0 1 0 2 0
Collin Lockwood 10 1 5 2 1 0
Matt Maxwell 0 0 11 0 4 0
Total: 29 4 30 28 14 0

St. Joseph (Met.) (0) at Southern (2), Super Six Showcase on 5/13/2017

Box Score

Team Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Southern (30-1) 25 25 0
St. Joseph (Met.) (16-17) 18 15 0

Southern Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Shane Bent 8 3 1 0 0 0
Jay Boehler 2 1 0 0 0 0
Brennan Davis 2 1 7 20 7 2
Shane Drayton 5 2 0 0 0 0
Issiah Gaines 0 0 1 0 7 1
Zack Hem 2 1 0 0 0 0
Sam Iacoves 0 0 4 1 6 0
Matt Jones 0 0 4 1 7 0
Collin Lockwood 6 4 2 1 0 0
Matt Maxwell 0 0 7 1 3 0
Total: 25 12 26 24 30 3

St. Joseph (Met.) Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Enrico Borromeo 0 0 8 0 0 0
Tanner Charydczak 5 1 2 0 0 0
Nicholas DiMarzio 2 2 0 0 0 0
Andrew Esposito 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Jones 0 0 3 7 0 0
Seth Jones 1 2 1 0 0 1
Stephen Kenny 0 0 0 2 0 0
Thomas Perlitz 0 0 0 0 0 2
Daniel Young 1 2 1 0 0 0
Total: 10 7 15 9 0 3

 

Bridgewater-Raritan (0) at Southern (2), Super Six Showcase on 5/13/2017

Box Score

Team Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Bridgewater-Raritan (17-6) 21 17 0
Southern (30-1) 25 25 0

Bridgewater-Raritan Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Griffin Fieseler 0 0 1 16 0 0
Brady Regan 5 1 4 0 0 0
Jack Whelan 3 1 1 0 0 0
Tim Schwed 2 0 0 0 0 0
David Gao 0 0 3 0 0 0
Ben Haber 3 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Banz 4 0 4 0 0 0
Andrew Lukasiuk 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brooks Cooper 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Spangler 0 0 2 0 0 1
Total: 17 2 15 16 0 1

Southern Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Shane Bent 10 6 0 0 0 0
Jay Boehler 1 0 1 0 0 0
Brennan Davis 1 1 5 22 14 1
Shane Drayton 3 2 0 0 0 0
Issiah Gaines 0 0 0 0 2 0
Zack Hem 4 3 0 0 0 0
Sam Iacoves 0 0 2 0 0 0
Matt Jones 0 0 2 0 6 2
Collin Lockwood 6 1 2 1 1 0
Matt Maxwell 0 0 11 3 2 0
Total: 25 13 23 26 25 3

Christian Brothers (0) at Southern (2), Super Six Showcase on 5/13/2017

Box Score

Team Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
Southern (30-1) 25 25 0
Christian Brothers (18-8) 17 19 0

Southern Player Stats

Player Kills Blocks Digs Assists Service Points Aces
Shane Bent 7 3 1 0 0 0
Jay Boehler 2 0 1 0 0 0
Brennan Davis 0 0 3 23 5 1
Shane Drayton 3 1 0 0 0 0
Zack Hem 4 1 0 0 0 0
Issiah Gaines 0 0 1 0 2 0
Sam Iacoves 0 0 3 0 0 0
Matt Jones 0 0 1 0 6 1
Collin Lockwood 8 1 2 0 5 1
Matt Maxwell 0 0 11 1 7 0
Total: 24 6 23 24 25 3