March 30th, 2017

St. X volleyball sweeps Trinity

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

St. X volleyball sweeps Trinity
St. X's Cole Campisano makes a play on the ball / photo by Conor Revell

St. Xavier’s volleyball team appears to be in midseason form while Trinity realizes it has some work to do before the state tournament in May.

The visiting Tigers routed Trinity 25-9, 25-12, 25-19 in their first meeting of the season Thursday night at Steinhauser Gymnasium.

“We have been playing really well,” St. X head coach Ward Lotze said. “This is kind of the midway point of our season. We kind have been pushing up to this point. We have spring break next week where we’re off. They wanted to make a statement tonight and I felt like we did that.”

It didn’t take long for St. X (8-1) to flex their muscles in set one roaring out to a 17-4 lead and never looking back.

“We just wanted to work as a team,” St. X junior Sam Bincoe said. “Last week we worked on blocking a whole lot and closing the blocks. We did that really well from the start and then we had a lot of energy tonight. Energy is really important in this game.”

Trinity (1-3) was within 17-10 in the second set before the Tigers went on an 8-2 run to ice game two.

“I have a long list of where we need to improve,” Trinity head coach Richard Weaver said. “They need to learn how to play together. There’s moments where they’re really good but they aren’t consistent from start to finish. They are a team of individuals right now with no heart and pride – yet. There are four or five that are jumping on the ship and have bought into it. We need to get that wall broken down and become one strong unit.”

St. X had a little competition in set three as the two teams battled through three ties. With the score being 7-7, the Rocks allowed the Tigers to go on a 11-1 run and never recovered.

The Tigers dominated at the net and delivered 34 kills, 21 more than Trinity.

Cole Campisano led the way with nine kills, Sam Bincoe and Eric Roush added six kills apiece, Justin Kros fired four kills, Robby Cox and Henry DeLozier finished with three kills, and Adam Mangeot and Grant Korfage had two kills apiece.

“Sam and Cole were both real aggressive tonight,” Lotze said. “We were able to run it through the middle and do great things. We were able to get Sam the ball and put them away. Cole on the outside did a great job of cleaning things up. Anytime we got him the, he’d put it away.”

Daniel Langford led the Rocks with five kills, Dillon Cason had two kills, and Cole Crush, Tommy Jones, Ryan Greer, and Alex Thorpe each had one kill apiece.

“I would love to give credit to my two defensive specialists,” Weaver said. “Noah Tuell and Carter Bean played well. Noah struggled in the first set and I pulled him but even though that happened he found a way to pull himself out of the hole. He showed a lot of maturity as a sophomore. I was proud of him. Carter came out and kept our team together. He played well. I want to give a shout out to those two. They played well.”

St. X also fired 10 aces while Trinity didn’t have one.

Campisano and Roush both had three aces, Alex Walsh, Bincoe, Cox, and Korfage recorded one ace each.

“The key to making a good serve is to make a good high toss,” Campisano said. “You have to be focused and that your mind is on serving and not something else. That really helps me a lot and then all I have to do is to hit the ball hard.”

The Tigers will host Trinity on their senior night May 2 in the final week of the regular season. 


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