The final whistle blew and the season had ended, but it marked just the beginning. On May 13th, the inaugural season for the Guerin Catholic Boys’ Volleyball Program had ended, but it was not a quick day like some would assume for a first year program. The Golden Eagles found themselves in battle with the 14th ranked Warriors of Covenant Christian, while Guerin Catholic walked into the match ranked 19th, which made them one of a select few first year programs to ever crack the top 20 in RPI.
From the moment of the first whistle, it was all Guerin Catholic. The Golden Eagles came out to a quick lead that the Warriors would close the gap on in the early parts of the opening set but could never get over the hump, leading the Golden Eagles to a 25-17 opening set. A comfortable Golden Eagle roster gave room for the Warriors to come back and at one point led set number two 22-14 over Guerin Cathoic, but a determined setter in sophomore Matt Spaletto led his team back from a 8 point deficit and a 12-2 run to close out set two 26-24, and a two set lead over the Warriors. The third set was again all Guerin Catholic against a defeated Warriors team. The boys in purple piled on the points and kills to finish the sweep, the upset, and to become the first ever first year program to make it to a Regional Championship Match.
The Golden Eagles were led to victory over the Warriors from sophomore middle-blocker Ethan Moster, and senior opposite Jacob Banter.
Guerin Catholic then advanced to face the third ranked Rebels of Roncalli, an opponent the Golden Eagles played at the early moments of the season. A nervous team showed to be the case in set one as the Rebels cruised to victory in the initial set 25-7. In the second set however, Guerin Catholic found themselves trading back and forth against one of the favorites for the state title. However, the experience of Roncalli led the Rebels over the aggressive first year program in three straight sets.
Guerin Catholic became one of very few to have 18 players in the program for their first season, and was just the first program in 23 years to have a first year program advance to the Regional Championship match after winning in the semi-finals. With five varsity starters returning in 2018 and a talented incoming Freshman class entering the school this fall, the Golden Eagles look to achieve elite status next season and get to the Elite Eight, making them one of the fastest up-and-coming programs in the State.
Congratulations to the following on being named to the 2017 IBVCA Academic All-State Team:
Class of 2018:
Class of 2017:
Congratulations to Senior Jacob Banter on his invitation to the 2017 All-Star Match!