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History Made at Cherry Hill West in Olympic Volleyball

Thursday, April 5, 2001

By John Daglian
SJSports Staff Writer

The 2001 Boys Volleyball just got underway on Monday April 2nd, but on April 5th the Cherry West Lions provided everyone with a bit of history by defeating the Cherry Hill East Cougars 4-15, 17-15 and 15-12. Prior to this match, Cherry Hill East had never lost to another Conference or South Jersey team. Since Volleyball began in 1994, the Cougars have been a powerhouse. They have always made it to the semi finals of the state tournament. The run includes a string of three consecutive state titles.

The match started out like any typical East match as they came out fired up and dominated play in the first game. They won that game easily 15-4. However, between games 1 and 2 something must have clicked on the West sideline as they managed to elevate their play to East's level. West jumped out to a 10-1 lead in game 2, but East knows how to win and can handle almost any situation. They managed to scratch and claw their way back closing the gap to 13-12. West then took the reigns and got the important game point at 14-13. However, East wasn't done just yet tying the game at 14 and getting a match point at 15-14. West immediately got the side out and tied the game at 15. That's where it stood for several rotations before West could string together two points and force a third game.

The third game went back and forth with East seeming to carry the play, however, they just couldn't put the game out of reach. After trailing by as many as four, West tied the game at 10 and never looked back. They forced the play with tough serving and well placed shots to take the game 15-12. Thus, becoming the first South Jersey team to beat Cherry Hill East in Boy's Volleyball.

Editors Note: Both of these teams as well as several other excellent teams will be at Eastern High School on Saturday April 7th for the Viking Invitational. The list includes two time state champion East Brunswick, Bridgewater (ranked in the top 5 this season) and Wayne Hills. Come out to catch some great volleyball action starting at 8:30 AM.

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