Bishop Guertin volleyball falls to Pinkerton in quarterfinals

DERRY – Momentum can make you or break you.

Bishop Guertin found that out on Tuesday night as the Cardinals couldn’t build enough of it mostly due to the outstanding play of Pinkerton Academy outside hitter Hunter Hazard and fell 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19 to the Astros in the semifinals of the NHIAA tournament at Pinkerton Academy.

“That’s what we were struggling with (scoring consistently),” Bishop Guertin coach Matt Box said. “We could totally get the ball back and go point-for-point, but when we already gave up a couple of points in the beginning there, it was tough to earn it back.”

BG-started to dig a bit of a first set hole through no fault of their own.

Hazard first made his mark with a crazy kick to keep a volley alive and Matt Fabrizio finished off the point to make it four straight for the Astros and a 4-2 lead.

The Cardinals got back into it with stellar play at the net, which included spikes from Joe Noon and Connor Ogorchock.

The issue for Bishop Guertin in the opening set was sustaining any type of momentum and stringing points together.

They finally trimmed the first set deficit to 13-12, but then the Astros came back to three straight points.

Bishop Guertin closed it to 19-16 one last time until Pinkerton ran off six of the final seven points to win the first set 25-17.

The Cardinals had trouble again in the second set sustaining anything

offensively.

Every time the tried to establish momentum, like on Ogorchock’s big spike that closed it to 9-7, Pinkerton had an answer.

First it was another big play at the net from Hazard, then consecutive thunderous spikes from Sean Galusha that extended the Astros lead to 13-9.

After Pinkerton was able to build a 19-14 advantage, the Cardinals called a timeout and came out of it with a pair of blocks and another quick point to shrink it to 19-17.

The lead oscillated between two and four the rest of the set before Pinkerton closed it 25-20 on an emphatic spike from Galusha.

“Obviously, speaking about the serve and the importance of getting them in,” Box said of what he told his team prior to the third set

The third set started a bit different for the

Cardinals.

Behind a great service game, they jumped out to a 7-2 lead with Noon serving.

“Serving is always a factor,” Box said. “Pinkerton just put easy ones in so they could play the game. ”

The Cardinals got the advantage out to 9-3 before Pinkerton made their charge and even the set at 10-all. Bishop Guertin even led 16-15 before Hazard and Galusha closed out the set and match, 25-19.

The Cards were led by Jack Wisboski with 13 kills and four blocks, Ogorchock (six kills) and Noon (eight kills, three blocks).

BG finished its year 10-6.