Out-of-sync BG ends season

SIDMAN — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic couldn’t snap out of a summertime funk in its 3-0 loss to Derry in the first round of the PIAA high school boys volleyball playoffs Tuesday at Forest Hills.

The Marauders started seven seniors, all of whom have already graduated, and something was off from how they performed in the regular season according to coach Brandin McDonough.

“Because our guys get out of school so early, it impacts our routine,” McDonough said. “I think a lot of teams still in school, it still feels the same. Having them come into the gym after they were sitting on the couch has a different feel, and it’s hard to keep them focused on volleyball.”

The result of Bishop Guilfoyle’s contest with Derry was vastly different from a victory over the Trojans earlier this season.

“They made us earn everything,” McDonough said. “We just weren’t up to that. They gave us a bunch of points the first time we played them. They had a little bit of a different lineup. We scouted them at the WPIAL match, but the way they played that night looked like how we played tonight.”

Derry swept the contest, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18, but was assisted by several service errors by the Marauders.

“We were very weak in serve and recieve,” McDonough said. “Our middles weren’t effective, and we were getting double blocks on our outside. The first set we let them have all the momentum by giving them 15 of their 25 points. You aren’t asking very much of a team to earn 10 points.”

Seniors Vincent Good, Tyler Rumbaugh and Adam Spencer each had four service points for BG.

“It was a great experience just being out there with my teammates having fun,” fellow senior Charles Patterson said. “We all had a great senior year. The seven starters were all seniors, and it was just great to be out there with my best friends.

“I’m not happy with the way it ended, but sometimes things get the best of you. A week off from districts didn’t help us, but we’re not making excuses. We made too many errors.”

Along with Bishop Guilfoyle being off its game, Derry was much improved.

“Last time we played, we blew 17 serves, and that’s way too many for a four-game match,” Derry coach Shawn Spencer said. “We made a couple changes and put kids in different areas, and it’s paid off for us. We have been playing better since we made those moves.”

The District 6 champion Marauders had already cemented their legacy before Tuesday’s contest.

“We had all seniors on the floor,” McDonough said. “Losing them, we’re going to have a lot of holes to fill next year. They have put in a lot of time and effort. We’re disappointed the result wasn’t reflective of all the work they have put in the last four years.”

SERVICE POINTS

DERRY: Palombo 8, Geary 2, Perratone 7, Marinchek 4, DeLuca 10, Kerr 3.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE: Rumbaugh 4, Spencer 4, Good 4, Burke 1, Wesner 3, Patterson 3, Ebersole 3.

Officials: Tim Rough, Chad Oberholtzer, Clark Adelman, Brandon Stitt

Records: Derry (16-4); Bishop Guilfoyle (11-5).

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