CRESSON - Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys volleyball coach Bob Kasun will remember the 2014 team for two things.
Laying the foundation for the future of Marauders volleyball and the fight it put up late in the third and final set of the season.
Bishop Guilfoyle fell in three straight sets to Derry in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA state playoffs, 29-27, 25-20, 28-26, at Penn Cambria High School Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
"For us to battle back, I think that showed the true character of this team," Kasun said. "We are going to leave everything court. We were going to play hard to the end and that's the memory I have about this team. They battled to the end."
Kasun's team, which was coming off its second District 6 title in as many years, battled back from a 19-11 deficit, going on a 11-2 run. However, Derry answered as the teams traded points. The Trojans ended it after four tie-break points.
"Anytime momentum is going in volleyball, and they took momentum at that point, it's tough to reclaim," Derry coach Shawn Spencer said. "I told our kids, 'listen, that's not easy to do when you lose momentum and gain it back in time to win.' I give our kids credit. They found a way. It was heck of a battle between two good teams."
It was the second time the Trojans held off the Marauders in volleyball's version of overtime in the match. Derry was led by Ian Malis, who had seven kills in the win. Malis ended the game with a kill after a long rally.
It was the second straight year BG fell in straight sets to the Trojans, and the he loss ended the Marauders' second state playoff berth in as many years, bringing a close to nine seniors' careers, a journey which included a sub-.500 season a few years ago.
"Right now it doesn't feel so good, but later on in life, we will remember our accomplishments and how we really won our school's first two District championships," BG senior Jamey Brumbaugh said. "I know there are many more to come. ... This year and last year, that's when we put our foot in the door. We never dreamed of being in the state tournament before."
Bishop Guilfoyle stayed right with Derry in the first set, never allowing a lead of more than two points. There were five lead changes in the first set.
In the second, though, Derry kept its foot on the gas pedal, never surrendering the lead in the set. It was only tied once in that set.
In the third set, Derry also had a strong lead, until the Marauders' rallied for their late push.
"They played very, very well," Kasun said of Derry. "They are a skilled team. I think it's been the road block for us. We haven't been able to get over the hump against them."
Nick Little led the Marauders with 12 kills, and both Ben Kasun and Collin Welteroth had 10. The loss was just Bishop Guilfoyle's second of the season as the Marauders finished at 15-2.
"They are going to look back 20 years from now and all the great things that are happening with Bishop Guilfoyle volleyball are because they are the ones who set the foundation," Kasun said. "...They totally changed everything with this program."
DERRY AREA: Hafer 10, Zemba 7, Vanisko 5, Malis 4, Watters 3, Fulmer-Moffat .
BISHOP GUILFOYLE: Basun 9, Hurd 5, Brumbaugh 3, Keating 3, Little 2, Welteroth 2.