Staples boys volleyball loses first regular-season match since 2006
The Staples boys volleyball team suffered its first regular-season loss since May 2006 when it fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13) to Masuk at home Monday.
Going into the game, the Wreckers knew they were facing some tough competition.
Many of the Staples players are members of the Mizuno East volleyball team which they play on during the off-season.
Masuk had a few players on this team as well. Therefore the Wreckers were familiar to how these athletes play and knew their abilities were strong.
The match was close throughout. In the first game, Staples won 25-22. Seniors Andreas Bub, AJ Green, captain Jake McCambley and junior Jonah Ayelon contributed kills.
The Panthers reversed the score in the second game. Masuk went on a 6-0 run early on, but Staples was able to catch up as Ayelon delivered four consecutive kills. However, the Wreckers were unable to take the lead.
Staples lost the third game and trailed the match, 2-1. Masuk took an early 12-5 lead and never looked back.
Heading into the forth game, the Wreckers knew they needed to step it up. Winning by the biggest margin so far, Staples took the game to tie the match. Bub came up big with five kills.
The Wreckers were unable to finish out the final game and lost by smallest possible margin, leaving them heartbroken.
Although the team "showed heart during every point," according to McCambley, Staples was not always playing its best game.
"There were times where they played around our defense and there were times when our defense didn't get the job done," McCambley said. "The same thing goes for our offense. No doubt the game could have gone either way."
Despite this loss, one Staples player turned in a commendable performance. Senior captain Danny Fishman was the key to the Staples offense as he continually set his teammates for kills. In addition to his 38 assists, he had seven kills of his own.
McCambley said, "Look for Danny Fishman at every game. We make more mistakes than you can tell, he makes us look really good."
Staples hosts Darien today at 4 p.m. Like Masuk, the team expects the Blue Wave to be tough competitors.
McCambley said, " I don't like loosing and I don't plan to lose again."