Sports Roundup

Southern Volleyball Squad Drops First Match of Season Against Fair Lawn

By DAVID BIGGY | Apr 24, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Southern’s Matt Maxwell goes up to block an attempt and score a point during the Rams’ 2-0 victory over Pennsauken on April 18.

Manahawkin — With one of the team’s best and most experienced hitters sidelined with an ankle injury, the Southern Regional boys volleyball team has needed to find offensive prowess on the outsides by committee.

“A lot of the younger guys have stepped up and played really well so far,” said coach Eric Maxwell, following a 25-8, 25-10 drubbing of Pennsauken on April 18. “With Zach Hem out, we needed to get more offense from other guys and they’ve done the job. The experience has helped them.”

One of those younger guys who’s risen higher during the first few weeks has been junior Justin Kean, who against Pennsauken delivered six kills, a block and seven service points. Another has been sophomore Tommy Deakyne, who added four kills and a dig during the lopsided victory. Senior Logan Lipositz added five digs and a trio of aces, while senior Matt Maxwell dished out 10 assists, and junior Jack Healy added 10 service points, including five aces.

With the win, Southern remained undefeated, but its 11-match winning streak came to an end a bit later in the evening when they took on traditionally tough Fair Lawn and dropped a 13-25, 25-21, 16-25 decision to the undefeated Cutters (16-0).

During the loss, the Rams (15-1) received 10 kills from Healy, to go along with four digs, while Maxwell delivered 20 assists and a pair of blocks, and Lipositz added six digs and an ace. Otherwise, the Rams’ offense was squelched by an outstanding defensive effort by Fair Lawn, as well as an offensive output which hammered 41 kills. Southern seniors Derek Medenilla and Drew Wilgus had five digs and four kills, respectively.

So, it was back to the grind two days later, as Southern sought to build a new win streak as it headed toward May, and the Rams were successful in doing so, coming up with a 25-15, 25-14 win over Williamstown, a 25-13, 25-12 victory over Kingsway, and a 25-20, 25-14 triumph against Cherry Hill East.

On Monday, the Rams traveled to Jackson Memorial and knocked off the Jaguars, 25-18, 25-21. Kean led the way with 13 kills, two blocks and a pair of digs, while Maxwell gave out 15 assists and added three blocks and four digs, and Medenilla registered 11 digs.

Pinelands Tennis Team

Ousts Southern in SCT

After taking some time off so the seniors can go on their senior trips, the Southern and Pinelands boys tennis teams returned to the courts on April 16 facing each other in the Shore Conference Tournament – interestingly, as the 16th and 17th seeds, respectively.

In what should have been a tight match, the Wildcats and Rams went down to the wire in one particular match, and Pinelands second singles player Andrew Schulz delivered a big victory, coming back from a set down to knock off Logan Van Liew, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, to send his squad into the SCT’s next round with a 3-2 team win.

First singles player Brian Delbury managed a 6-4, 6-4 win against Southern’s Eloin Dunwoody, and the first singles duo of Sam Cardillo and Josh Kline scored the other victory, a 6-1, 6-1 decision against Matt Terhune and Chris Marinelli. At third singles, the Rams’ Joseph Dunwoody bounced Arpit Gainder, 6-1, 6-2, and Dan Sullivan and Dan Wohl also won a three-set thriller, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Two days later, the Wildcats ran into top-seeded Marlboro and were eliminated in a 5-0 contest. In between, Pinelands easily got by Shore Conference Class B South rival Point Pleasant Borough, 5-0, as all individuals and teams cruised to straight-set victories to keep Pinelands undefeated in the division at 4-0.

Pinelands Golfers

Remain Undefeated

The Pinelands Regional golf team (4-0) continued its winning ways with a pair of victories last week, cruising past Central,165-215, on April 18, which followed a 175-180 win over Shore Conference Class B South rival Lacey on April 16.

Against the Lions on their home course at Cedar Creek, Austin Carney led the way with a 40, followed by Connor Carney’s 41, Tom Reilly’s 46 and Nate Szwed’s 48. Connor Carney delivered a birdie on the par-3, 121-yard seventh hole.

During the easy win over the Golden Eagles, Connor Carney birdied the par-5, 500-yard first and the par-4, 340-yard eighth holes at Sea Oaks en route to an even-par 36, while Austin Carney and Reilly each carded a 42 and David Laney returned to the clubhouse with a 45.

Pinelands Softball Team

Scores First Victory

Following a slow start for the Pinelands Regional softball team, the Wildcats needed their last at-bat to get their first victory of the season on April 17, as Morgan Muller delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 win over Shore Conference Class B South foe Point Pleasant Borough. Muller ended up 3-for-4 with a double.

The Wildcats fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but got on the scoreboard with a run in the second. Still, the Panthers increased the lead with two more runs in the top of the third and carried the 4-1 lead into the sixth. Pinelands (1-6) scored three times in the sixth to pull even. Seniors Ally Vezos and Teresa Hudson delivered doubles as well.  —D.B.


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