Boy’s Volleyball Falls in Two to Collingswood Monday

Boy’s Volleyball Falls in Two to Collingswood Monday

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Following a week in which the Pirates went 7-1 to move their record to 9-10 on the season, boy’s volleyball was looking for a big win over visiting Collingswood on Monday afternoon at home.

The Panthers had other plans, grabbing the victory in two sets over the Pirates (25-19, 26-24), dropping Cinnaminson to 9-11 on the season.

There is plenty of time left in the regular season for the Pirates to pull even and move above the .500 mark and they are definitely headed in the right direction.

“From two weeks ago to now, yea, they are playing really well. We just dug ourselves into an eight-point hole in the first game,” head coach Robert Spier said. “We outplayed them after that, but wound up losing by five points. If you do the math, we outscored them from that point on, but we can’t drop points in a row. Even the second game, when we had the lead, we dropped seven points in a row.”

In game one, the Pirates were never able to recover from the 8-0 deficit to begin the game, coming within as many as four points, but never tying the Panthers.

In game two, the Pirates built a 7-3 lead and then an 18-12 lead before the Panthers finally tied the game at 19 by scoring six consecutive points. The Pirates would trail for the first time at 20-19, the seventh straight point for the Panthers in game two.

Cinnaminson would go down 24-21 late in game two, but score three straight to tie it at 24 before the Panthers scored the final two points of the game to win 26-24.

This is the second loss of the season for the Pirates against Collingswood. Cinnaminson dropped their season-opener to the Panthers in three sets.

“I think we played well both games. The first game, we went to three with them, so statistically that was a better game since this game we dropped in two,” Spier said. “I’m happy with the way they played today except for those two stretches.”

Spier attributed the 7-1 stretch last week to an increase in confidence for the Pirates.

“They started to believe in themselves more and that’s the difference. Our one weakness, still right now, is once we lose two points in a row, we start to doubt ourselves again. Over the past week, it’s definitely been our confidence that’s boosted us up.”

The Pirates return to the court on Wednesday, April 29 at 4pm against St. Augustine at home.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com

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