DOYLESTOWN — Souderton Area boys volleyball coach Brad Garrett put it all in perspective.
"You don't feel like you're playing that bad, and you look up at the scoreboard and you're down six or seven points," the coach said, describing what it's like playing against Central Bucks West this spring. "That's how you know they're a really good team. I thought tonight we did a good job of fighting hard, but they're just so deep and very talented. They block so well and it just puts so much pressure on you, point after point."
It all added up to a 3-0 win for the Bucks, who defeated Souderton — a perennially strong team in its own right — by the count of 25-18, 25-8 and 25-16.
Once again, West conquered another strong challenge from one of its toughest rivals and remained perfect in the Suburban One League Continental Conference.
The maestro was Matt Hennigan, who got all of his teammates involved along the way to racking up 34 assists.
"I get the same enjoyment out of them getting the kill," said Hennigan, who had seven kills of his own along with a half dozen digs on West's home court. "It feels good (to be 12-0 in the conference) but it's a lot of pressure on us as well. But I think we take that pressure into each game with us and use it to our advantage."
Hennigan helped key a balanced attack by West, as Christian Rupert led the way in kills with 13 and Joel Klapper added five. Rupert was a road block at the net, contributing 10 blocks and neutralizing Souderton's biggest weapons.
West battled to a 9-9 tie in Game One but then went on a 12-4 run to pull away. The Bucks dominated Game Two and then once again pulled away from Souderton in Game Three. Big Red (6-3 conference) took an 11-9 lead in Game Three but West got control back, closing things out with a 16-5 run.
"We have trouble being consistent," Hennigan said. "That's the thing we're working on most right now, coming out the same way every game - the same fight in us and the same fire, coming out with energy."
The Bucks head to Upper Dublin Thursday night while Souderton heads to Cheltenham Friday.
Big Red, led by Alex Androkites' 10 digs and six kills, has seen improvement despite another 3-0 setback to West.
"The first time we played them, we weren't experienced, it was early in the season, and I thought we didn't really give them much," Garrett said. "I thought tonight we did a really good job of fighting hard...We're getting there. We have some things to work on and we hope to peak at the right time."
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