Clifton Park – Next time, Nick Pascual will make sure he’s more hydrated.
The Shenandoah boys’ volleyball team completed a massive comeback against Burnett Hills-Bolston Lake on Wednesday, rallying by four points shy of drifting in three sets, on the verge of their five-set victory, fueled by Pascual energy. There was a ball, both with his game during the points and his relentless hype-man attitude after him.
Five points from the impossible win, Pascual – who said he drank “way less water than I needed” during Wednesday – felt some pop.
“Oh, it was a terrible cramp,” said Pascual. “Both legs. I fell down and I couldn’t get back up.”
Pascual spread the remaining points on the bench, but he was never sure that his teammates would finish the effort.
“They promised me they were going to end it,” Pascual said. “For me, and everyone else on the bench, they were going to be off – and I trusted them. There was no doubt in my mind.”
That’s exactly what Plainsman did, coming back from a slow start and pulling himself from the brink to win over his fierce suburban council rivals 8-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-9 . .
It was a statement victory for the Shenandoahova (7–1 suburban council, 10–2–1 overall) team, who suffered their first league defeat of the season against Colombia last week and were followed by Burnett Hills in two sets. Had to face defeat. A tournament at the Spartans’ home gym on Saturday.
“During this weekend, we have taken a step back,” Pascual said. “We’ve gone back to the tryouts, basically, the basics. We’ve slowed things down. You can see this in our play. We’re not going as fast as we usually do. This It’s hard to get back from that kind of high-octane gameplay, but making sure we minimize errors and keep the fundamentals in check means a lot.”
As much as the victory was that of the mistakes-reducing plainsman, the return was also filled with emotion.
Pasucal and Libero Nick Barres were constant sources of energy, firing their teammates as every point began to swing the match in their direction.
“I just tried to hypnotize everyone,” Barres said.
Bennett Wilson finished with nine kills, Pasukal eight and Bradin Pomenville added seven in a balanced attack for Shenandoahova.
Ben Pearce had 11 kills and Aidan Calhoun posted 28 assists, four blocks and four kills for Burn Hills-Bolston Lakes (7-1, 9-2).
The Spartans started in the air through the struggling Shenendehova team in the opening set and stalled a comeback attempt in the second set, before things started to slip away.
“He brought that focus in, and we let ourselves be complacent,” Calhoun said. “Just back on our heels.”
Burn Hills were four points away from a 21-18 lead in the third set when Shendehowa’s coach John Coletta called a timeout.
“Let’s have fun,” said Coletta. “Enjoy the moment and play simple.”
Just off the break, Shenendhova scored five straight points to take the lead, before taking the set to continue the match. The tide kept swinging in the fourth set, and the winner-take-all in the fifth, Shenendehova’s undeniable pace carried the day.
“It’s ridiculous,” Barres said. “Everyone from the bench to the floor. it was crazy. We had a lot of people step up.
“It’s funny that we pulled it off.”
Set scores: 8-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-9. Burn Hills-Bolston Lake highlights: A. Calhoun, 28 assists, 4 blocks, 4 kills; Pierce, 11 kills, 3 aces; El Calhoun, 9 kills, 4 blocks; Sweet, 17 Digs. Shenendehova highlights: Wilson, 9 kills; Pascual, 8 kills; Barres, 12 digs; Osborne, 18 assists; Connors, 18 assists; Pomanville, 7 kills.
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