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State boys give Central Dauphin a run but falls 3-0

Photos by Jeff Shomo
By Kenny Varner

STATE COLLEGE – If Tuesday’s performance against the state ranked Central Dauphin boys volleyball is any indication of the possibilities for this year’s State College team are very promising.

With a team that has come into the season with only four players with previous experience, the Little Lions  showed that if you play with heart, confidence and a joy for the game, the sky can be the limit.

Tuesday, State College was swept but the games were close, especially the opening game.

The Rams won by a 3-0 with games of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-10.

With any young team, there is a time of comfort ability as the team gets more time together, things could sky rocket quick.

“We have the opportunity with this group to play at a high level. We are not prepared to play at that high level yet. There are a lot of little things we need to get better at,” said State College Co-Coach Larry Campbell. “That’s the number two team in the state and there is a lot of positives you can take from that. We have an opportunity to be good but we just have to be able to produce consistently.”

In the first set, State College came out like gangbusters.

They opened by taking the first two points.

After picking up a side out, the ball got into the hands of server Braden Kuruzovich, who blazed an ace into the Rams mid court.

The two switched off on side outs.

State went up 4-1 on a service point by Alex Marshall.

Again, the two switched possessions again.

But with two consecutive service points by Danny Karpenko, the lead was lifted to 7-2.

Central Dauphin battled back and started to heat up as they closed in on the Lions lead, making it a 9-7 contest.

Picking up a side out, State College extended out the lead thanks to two service points by Aaron Brucker.

Leading the run was a spike by Danny Karpenko and a block by Kuruzovich.

Still trying to close back into the contest, the Rams were able to get the score to a 14-11 contest.

The momentum was starting to mount on the Central Dauphin side as they ran off on an 8-2 run, taking the lead at 19-17.

State College bounced back on consecutive points, tying it at 19.

Despite battling strong, Central Dauphin heated things up and ran off a 6-2 run to take the first contest.

In the second game, the Rams got off to a strong 12-6 start.

But State College hung in there strong and was able to cut the game to eight points before Central Dauphin put the game away, winning 25-16.

Despite the strong effort, the Lions ran out of gas in the third and final game while the Rams continued to heat it up, winning 25-10.

But the foundation has been layed and things have a chance to turnaround Thursday as they host Central.

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