TOWAMENCIN — Even when things were most tense, the Central Bucks West boys volleyball team appeared at ease.
"That's when it starts to be fun,' the Bucks' Christian Rupert said, speaking specifically of a pivotal Game 2 rally by West. "We had to step up, and luckily enough, we did. I just felt we started to play more as a team as the match went on. People started to really step up.'
After jumping out early and leading the whole way in a 25-19 Game 1 victory, the Bucks trailed North Penn by four points multiple times in Game 2 but - as a testament to their resolve — rallied to draw even at 17 apiece and then pulled away to a 25-19 win and a 2-0 lead over the Knights.
The Bucks then finished things off with a 25-20 win in Game 3 to complete the sweep and improve to a perfect 10-0 in Suburban One League Continental Conference matches.
Rupert was a constant force at the net, hammering home 15 kills while also coming up with four digs and five blocks. In the midst of everything, he enjoyed the view.
"Watching your teammates make big plays energizes everyone,' the senior said. "You can feed off your teammates, and I think we really do a great job of doing that.'
Rupert's performance was complemented by a solid evening by fellow senior Joel Klapper, who supplied eight kills and five digs. Jackson Cox had seven kills, Ryan Alu had nine digs and the Bucks' setup man, Matt Hennigan, racked up 33 assists.
"It's huge, beating a good team like North Penn,' Rupert said. "They've been really hot lately so it's a great, quality win.'
A thunderous spike by Rupert pushed West's lead to 21-18 in Game Three, as the Bucks closed in on the victory. The Bucks played a clean match throughout in earning their second win of the the season over their rival.
"We can play with them at times - the effort was there from our guys, but execution-wise, I think we left a little something to be desired,' Knights coach Tim Moyer said. "We didn't necessarily pass or dig that well. They came out and kind of rocked us a little bit because they're a big offensive team and have a lot of tips and kills, and we never really made that adjustment.'
Gabe Stoler had nine kills and four digs for North Penn while Eric Mellman's contibutions included seven kills, four aces and two digs. The Knights appeared on their way to tying the match 1-1, but West rallied and never relinquished control.
"As they were picking us apart, we were playing from behind all night,' Moyer said. "That's a tough spot to be in when you play a team like West.'
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