Barnegat Boys Volleyball Team Showing Flashes in Rebuilding Year
The Barnegat High School boys volleyball team has had its moments in the early part of its 2017 season.
The task ahead of head coach Ed Peters is to connect those moments so that the Bengals can improve on their 1-6 record as of April 18.
Peters’ charges, for example, won their very first set of the year on April 3 when they stunned a pretty good (4-2 as of April 18) Donovan Catholic squad, 26-24. But the Bengals stumbled, losing the next two sets, 15-25, 17-25.
Likewise, on April 13, Barnegat jumped all over Jackson Memorial in the first set, winning 25-18. But after keeping in close in the second, losing 21-25, the team fell apart in the third, falling 11-25.
The Bengals hung tight in the first set of their match against Marlboro on April 17, losing 21-25. But they were solidly beaten in the second, 15-25.
Barnegat won a straight set victory against a now 0-4 Neptune team on April 10. But generally speaking, the team’s problem so far this season is when they produce a spark they can’t fan it into a fire.
Which isn’t surprising considering Peters has a young, inexperienced roster.
He has just three seniors, outside hitters Matteo DeStefano and Jeremy Pilovsky and middle Mike Hendrix. Juniors Paul McAteer, a setter, and Brandon Wicks, an outside hitter, also returned from a 2016 team that went 6-12.
Everybody else is new. Juniors include outside hitters Donovan Piana and Brandon Tipiani along with defensive specialist Tyler Anen. A large contingent of sophomores includes middle Parth Patel, setter Robert Perrini, outside hitters Matt Shaffrey and Justin Montanez and middles Sal Fiorello and Franco Mazzeo. Freshmen Marcuz Sadsad and Zach Oliver, both defensive specialists, and Aaron Osborn, an outside hitter, round out the team.
Expect Barnegat to improve as the season progresses and the team gels. The team’s schedule will get easier, too.
So far the Bengals have played only two teams with losing records, Neptune and Jackson Memorial. But for the remainder of the season Barnegat will face several squads that are south of .500, including Toms River East (0-5) on April 20 and May 16, Jackson Liberty (1-3) on April 24, Long Branch (0-4) on May 4 and Neptune again, at home no less, on May 8. —R.M.