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Lancer Boys Volleyball Improves to 16-4, Beats Millburn

Michelle Bayer Schoenbach

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • 2:14am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – There were two winners at the Fitness and Wellness Center on Tuesday.  First, the Lancers hosted a successful “Blue Event,” a fundraiser benefitting Prostate Cancer.  Second, the #18 ranked Livingston Volleyball team beat Millburn handily, 25-6 and 25-9, in two straight games to improve their record to 16-4. The Millers were outclassed right from the start and the Lancers got contributions from everyone on the roster.

Setter David Shulman was his usual self—dishing out 13 assists during game one. Senior outside hitter Mike Cheng was Shulman’s favorite target, connecting for five kills. Senior opposite hitter Jay Schaefer, who has been solid as of late, chipped in with three kills, two assists, and one service ace. Junior middle Mikey Thompson added three kills. 

In limited playing time, senior middle Tom Montesion, struck for two kills and a block. This past Monday, Montesion was recognized as “Player to Watch” in The Star-Ledger, where it was noted as one of the top middle hitters in the area. Junior outside hitter Jason Levine completed the attack in game one, with two kills. Junior Kevin Cheng dug out four balls for the Lancers.

Livingston showed its depth in game two, with a second squad that did not disappoint. Dustin Cece, a junior setter, had seven assists, finding five different teammates.  Senior Ben Traskunov and junior Connor McClosky led the way with two kills apiece during the second game. Senior Bryan Sorrentino, junior Jacob Haaker and sophomore EJ Okopie each added one kill. On defense, sophomore Jack Rulka had five digs and Okopie added four digs and a block.

Coach Partelow noted, “This was our first game raising money for prostate cancer and it was a main goal for the day.”  He also mentioned, “We are looking forward to Friday, going for our third straight County Title.”

Upcoming for the Lancers: On Thursday, May 8, Livingston hosts N. 13th Street in a key conference matchup at 4:00 pm. On Friday, like Coach Partelow mentioned, Livingston goes for their third straight county title vs. Belleville. The match will be held at Bloomfield High School and will start at 7:00 pm. The Lancers have beaten Belleville in the finals each of the last two years, and the Buccaneers will have revenge on their minds.

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