The Stow-Munroe Falls boys volleyball team remains red hot as it enters the second half of the season.

The Bulldogs picked up two victories last week, taking down both of their backyard rivals at home.

On April 13, Stow welcomed Kent Roosvelt to James G. Tyree Gymnasium and scored a win in straight sets 25-11, 25-20, 25-18.

Then on April 18, Stow played Hudson and came away with the another straight-sets win, beating the Explorers 25-22, 25-18, 25-14.

The Bulldogs' record stood at 9-2 as of press time. Stow also improved to No. 12 in Division I in the most recent Ohio Boys Volleyball High School Coaches Association poll.

Against the Rough Riders, Stow's offense was a bit off the torrid pace it had set earlier in the week, but the Bulldogs played an excellent game defensively. Stow notched 35 digs in the three-set match and also finished with an 8-0 edge in solo blocks.

Stow's serving game continued to be a weapon, as the Bulldogs finished with 20 aces.

Libero Jeremy Lundstrom led that effort, as he finished with eight aces and eight digs.

Senior outside hitter Hayden Baer had a relatively quiet game at the net, as he finished with eight kills, but Baer was all over the court defensively with 17 digs.

Stow also got five kills from hitter Justin Sibbel, while setter Wes Gray finished with 19 assists.

Against Hudson, Stow was able to get its offense rolling a bit more.

Stow finished with a 30-13 edge in kills against the Explorers and also finished with 20 digs.

Stow serving touch wasn't razor sharp. While the Bulldogs finished with 16 aces, they also committed 16 service errors.

The biggest advantage for Stow was at the net, as the Bulldogs finished with a team hitting percentage of 0.25, compaged to minue 0.038 for Hudson.

Baer and Sibble led the charge again for Stow. Baer finished with 16 kills and six aces, while Sibble had 10 kills.

Gray finished with 30 assists on the night, while Lundstrom finished with a team-high eight digs.

Stow was set to host Massillon Jackson April 20, but results were not available at press time.

The Bulldogs hit the road this week, traveling to Brunswick April 25 and visiting Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 28. Varsity game time both nights is set for 7 p.m.


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