The Patriots’ performance earned them respect and praise from College Park for a well-fought match. The first game Heritage players had a “why are we here? We’re going to get killed” look, which they lost 9-25. And then the Patriots played a match to remember.
The match featured rallies that were long and intense. The second game, a nail-biter that Heritage lost 26-28, gave the team confidence to win the third game 25-23.
Josh Ibarra led the defense with 22 digs, six kills, four aces and one block. Jacob Fredrickson notched 12 assists, 10 digs and one kill. Tanner Cook and Daniel Regan both recorded 11 digs, three kills and one ace. Michael Favalora made seven kills, six digs and two aces, and Kyle Jones contributed eight assists, five digs and three kills.
Heritage’s junior varsity team also played a spectacular game, considering that it was the very first volleyball match for three of its players. The team took a solid lead during both games, but College Park was able to chip away at it and clinch the victory.
Matt Maderos recorded six digs and four aces. Phillip Benotti led the offense with three kills, two blocks and two aces. Logan Jones made four kills, four aces and three digs, and Christian Nagkowski notched three digs and two blocks.
The Patriot’s next game is at home against Livermore on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
– Contributed by Bess Haldi