March 8, 2008

Bobcats Beat Royals

Fullerton, CA--Freshman Colin Kelly (Orlando, FL) had a match-high 27 kills Friday afternoon as the Bobcats, looking to regain momentum after yesterday's loss, defeated host school Hope International in Fullerton, CA in five games in men's volleyball action. The Bobcats improve to 4-11 on the season while the Royals fall to 4-12.

In the first game of the match the Royals edged out the Bobcats 30-28 hitting .436 with 23 kills to the Bobcats' .400. In game two the Bobcats took advantage of nine errors and a dismal .156 by Hope International to grab a 30-23 win, evening the match at one all. Game three saw the Royals capitalizing on the Bobcats mistakes to take back the match lead when they outscored the Bobcats 30-21.

With the match on the line, the Bobcats battled in game four, using a great team defensive effort to take the game 30-25 despite having eight errors and only nine kills. With the match tied at 2-2 the Bobcats headed into the final game determined to come out on top. The game proved to be another tight match between the two teams, with both teams gaining eight kills, but fewer errors on the part of the Bobcats propelled them into the winner's circle 15-12. The win is the third for the Bobcats in the last four matches.

The Bobcats' Colin Kelly once again led the team with 27 kills, eight digs, and three block assists. Jeremy Evans (Raleigh, NC) added another ten kills in the effort, while junior transfer, Ryan Black (Escondido, CA) slammed 7 kills and added three block assists in the winning effort. Shane Holderby (Virginia Beach, VA) had aother solid performance with 48 assists and seven digs.

The Bobcats had a true team defensive effort with five players dishing up at least five digs apiece and every player finishing the day with either a dig or a block to his name. Kyle Gauger (Penfield, NY) had nine digs while both Robert Ritchie (Hollywood, CA) and Ian Bryner (Miramar, FL) had five block assists and a block solo.

Leading the way for the Royals was Alex Figueredo who had 24 kills, six digs, two block solos and two block assists. Danillo Pereira dished out 59 assists and seven digs.

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Pictured: Colin Kelly