North Penn spik­ers serve past Christopher Dock

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­reg­is­

All four games be­tween Christopher Dock and North Penn on Fri­day night were tense, tight strug­gles de­cided by just a few points each.

But no mat­ter what the sit­u­a­tion, the Knights’ serv­ing was an un­wa­ver­ing force.

“That kept us go­ing, al­low­ing us to make a run,” out­side hit­ter Andy Wil­lits said. “ft’s got to start with the serve, and f think that was key in help­ing us to win that fourth game.”

The Knights ral­lied from DQ 18-11 GH­fiFLW LQ GDPH Four to win 29-2T and close out the Pi­o­neers, 3-1, in the non-league boys vol­ley­ball match be­tween two peren­nial Dis­trict lne pow­ers.

Wil­lits, a tri-cap­tain for the Knights (11-3), led North Penn in kills with 1T and his four aces were em­blem­atic of North Penn’s strength.

“We started be­ing a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive serv­ing and f think that re­ally made the dif­fer­ence,” Knights coach Tim Moyer said. “f think down the stretch, our serv­ing and de- fense picked it up and kind of pushed us over the hump. That last game in par­tic­u­lar, the guys kind of weath­ered the storm.”

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Wil­lits’ ace to close out Game Two, 2T-25, evened the match at one apiece. The Knights held off Dock in Game Three, 2521, to go up 2-1 be­fore ral­ly­ing in Game Four.

“This is re­ally go­ing to help us drive into the play­offs,” said Wil­lits, whose team avenged an ear­lier loss to Dock in the nu­ak­er­town Tour­na­ment Fi­nals.

“:H GHFLGHG WR fiJKW D OLW­tle bit more,” Moyer said of Fri­day night’s match. “f feel like the last cou­ple matches, the guys are start­ing to be- lieve in each other a lit­tle bit more, rally around each other a lit­tle bit. They knew this was a big one tonight.”

Gabe Stoler had 13 kills and eight digs for the Knights, who also got an all-around per­for­mance from Su­cro with 11 kills, fiYH GLJV DQG IRuU EORFNV.

But there was one phase of the Knights’ game in par­tic­u­lar that gave Dock prob­lems.

“They served tough. They kept us off our game,” Pi­o­neers’ coach Tim Mackey said. “We couldn’t run our of­fense the way we like for most of the night. They’re a tough serv­ing team and they kind of held us at bay.”

Travis Hoover had 1T kills and Colton Young had 40 as­sists and eight digs for the Pi­o­neers on their Se­nior Night.

“We had a big lead in Game Four and again North Penn’s serv­ing came into play,” Mackey said. “They’re a good team, they block well, and that forced us into a sit­u­a­tion that we re­ally didn’t want. Dis­tricts are right around the cor­ner so we don’t have a choice (ex­cept to learn from this).”

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