Oliver Wolcott Tech Volleyball drops opening round contest to Oxford by a 3-1 score.
WOLCOTT TECH vs. OXFORD HS VARSITY BOYS VOLLEYBALL
From Wolcott Tech AD-Ray Tanguay
State Tournament – 1st round
Site: Wolcott Tech HS
Final Score 3-1
Winner: Oxford HS
Game Scores; 25-22, 27-29, 25-27, 19-25
The Wolcott Tech Boy’s Volleyball Team ended its season with a big battle against an offensive minded Oxford High School. Oxford came out with great blocking and kills, and Wolcott Tech answered back with all that they could and came up a little short in the end.
Setter Dennis Waibel had 51 assists, 29 digs, 1 kill; Outside Hitter Matt LeClair had 15 kills, 2 aces, 1 block, 29 digs: Outside Hitter Justin Tharau had 18 kills, 1 ace, 19 digs, 1 block; Outside Hitter Steve Oakes had 21 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, 19 digs; Outside Hitter Joe Bielefield had 10 kills, 1 ace, 19 digs; Middle Hitter Tyler Kackowski had 10 kills, 1 block, 19 digs: Nick Baldwin had 14 digs; and Luke Pepper with 1 ace.
Oxford HS had Anthony Renzoni with 20 assists, 7 digs; J.T. Vankamerik 16 kills, 11 blocks; Rob Costigan with 22 kills, 4 blocks; and Tim Hoxha with 18 kills, 11 digs.
The Wolcott Tech Coaching Staff is now able to look back at a great season for a very young team that has been an absolute joy to coach. The varsity squad started 2 seniors, 3 juniors, 1 sophomore and 1 freshman, and were able to earn a 14 and 4 regular season record. They have continued the tradition of qualifying for the state tournament 9 years in a row, setting a new school record.
Setter Dennis Waibel also set a school record for number of assists in a season, breaking Morgan Pace’s record set back in 2008. Morgan Pace had 630 assists, and Dennis had a season total of 675 assists.
This team started as 7 strangers that become 7 brothers very quickly. They learned how to play the game as a unified unit and never gave up at any time during the season. Their determination to get better every day made our jobs as coaches much easier. This is the first team that was able to run their own offence and did so effectively.
This season will go down in the history books as the team with the most heart and desire to make themselves a better program. The JV Players stepped up every day in practice to challenge the varsity squad.
The coaching staff would like to thank the parents, players, and fans for giving us the best season anyone can ever ask for, and we hope that we did the same in return to them.
We would like to wish the seniors good luck next year in college, and we are looking forward to next season with the returning players.
Enjoy the summer vacation coming up very quickly.
Wolcott Tech’s record goes to 14-5 and Oxford goes to 11-10.