Boys’ volleyball fends off feisty Eastern

Max Cohen ('12)/Eastside Online Sports Editor

The East boys’ volleyball team continued their dominant season today by defeating Eastern in their second round playoff game by a score of 2-0 in games and 25-17 in the first game and 25-23 in the second game.  The first game started off with an Eastern point but East started to dominate soon after as they jumped out to a 7-2 lead.  An Eric Zaun (’11) ace brought the score to 12-3, a comfortable margin for an East team used to playing with a lead.  Zaun seemed to be all over the court as he contributed three aces and various kills and sets along the way for the victorious Cougars.  Eastern could never really get back into the game although they did cut the East margin to five points at 19-14.

The second game was no easy task for the Cougars.  Eastern clearly came out determined to take a game from East.    Eastern jumped out to a 6-4 lead to emphatic cheers from both their crowd and the bench.  The Cougars quickly tied it at 6 after a David Ravitz (’10) kill.  Eastern regained the lead after that point and found themselves leading 15-10 before another Zaun kill which led to a 6-0 run by East which gave them a 16-15 lead.  Eastern continued to show resilience as they took an 18-16 lead.  Eastern carried a 20-18 lead into the homestretch before the Cougars seemed to show their true colors.  A Lokesh Ojha (’10) spike tied the game at 20.  After surrendering another point to Eastern the Cougars regained the lead after another Ravitz spike and an Eastern miscue at 22-21.  After Eastern once again tied up the game, Mike Wolf (’10) contributed a key kill which gave the Cougars a 23-22 lead.  After Eastern tied the score at 23, Ravitz had a key kill which was followed by an Eastern player hitting the ball over the line on East’s side as the ball sailed out of bounds to give East the victory.