2009-05-01 / Sports

BCHS Boys Volleyball, Tennis Teams Win Titles

By Elio Velez

In the third set, leading 19-12 on Wednesday afternoon, just six points away was separating Beach Channel from a victory to clinch the Queens III boys volleyball division.

Slawomir Wloch tried to keep calm and not celebrate just yet. The Beach Channel senior, who leads the team in aces, though watched his team squander the next six points to Richmond Hill.

But with experience a major factor in what has inspired a fine Dolphins season, the home team didn't squander their golden opportunity. Beach Channel scored the last six out of seven points as they won 25-19, and captured two out of three sets to clinch the PSAL Queens III title.

Wloch said it was just a tiny lapse of concentration which made the third set close. Beach Channel had won 26-24 in the fist set, but fell 25-22 in the second to decide the final tiebreaker.

But with all six starters for Beach Channel on the court seniors, the Dolphins recovered their early season form to finish off Richmond Hill and improve to 9-1.

"I said that's a big lead but you just go to play the game. It goes both ways," Wloch said.

"It's a big difference this year. We communicate with each other better than we did last year."

Most of the starters have played for three years together under the direction of head coach Gail Rothfeld. The Dolphins improved from 5-7 two years ago to 8-4 last year.

"They talk to each other. They're very close. Aside from communications, they're reaching their maximum vertical lift," Rothfeld

"The setters are working well with the outside hitters."

A victory today over 0-9 August Martin in the final regular season game has given them confidence as they enter the playoffs which starts on May 7.

Terrance Sutton made two powerful kills in the final stretch for Beach Channel to widen their advantage.

"We've been building a lot. Most of our team is seniors and we played for three years," Sutton said. "Every year we aimed to win and this year we stepped up."

Sutton will celebrate with his teammate and stepbrother Devon Moore, who says he wanted nothing more but to win a title on his home floor.

"It came down to crunch time. We wanted to make the playoffs. The whole team wanted to win."

BCHS Tennis Wins

The Beach Channel boys' tennis team handily defeated Campus Magnet 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon to clinch the PSAL C1 Division title.

Julian Morales and Sharif Ellis won in singles matches as The Dolphins improved to 10-2 while Campus Magnet fell to 8-4. The playoffs will begin with on May 7 with Beach Channel expected to host a game in the first round of the PSAL B playoffs.

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