Falcons able to hold off Bears

Falcons able to hold off Bears

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Falcons able to hold off Bears

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EAST BRUNSWICK

Friday’s match between two of the top high school boys volleyball teams in the state lived up to the hype. The gym was packed, the crowd was loud and the players were intense.

St. Joseph-Metuchen was able to pull out the victory against East Brunswick in straight sets; 25-20, 25-23. Both sets went back and forth and it took all the heart that the Falcons had to win both.

“They had a solid performance,” said St. Joseph head coach Miguel Cabrita. “They came together exactly as a team. There are a lot of teams that have one guy running the show. We are fortunate enough to be so deep and to call on them when we need them.”

Sean Finan and Thomas Burrell both were key competitors in victory. Finan had eight kills in the first set, including two big plays he made to extend the Falcons’ lead to 23-17. He finished the match with 10 kills.

Burrell helped lead the way with 11 kills and had s big second set.

East Brunswick started to string together a bit of a run, as Jack Fredericks reeled off a few straight kills to keep it in the game. However, when the Bears started to get momentum, Burrell was there to stop any chance they had to build a big lead.

Burrell helped tie the set two times and helped the Falcons grab a large lead and hold it in the second set. Greg Vajtay hammered home the match-winning point to send St. Joseph to its 30th win of the season.

A resilient East Brunswick team seemed to run out of steam after putting up a tough performance in the second set.

“They had a solid performance,” Cabrita said of East Brunswick. “They have some great defenders and it is always going be a heated match between these teams. We actually look forward to these match-ups.”

Although he was unhappy with his team’s performance, East Brunswick head coach Greg Rutz believes he’ll see the Falcons again.

“I expect to see them in the GMC final and I expect to see them as late as possible in the Central Jersey finals,” Rutz said.

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