COLCHESTER – After watching the top seed fall in the first game of the Division I boys volleyball state championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, No. 2 Essex started to get ideas about pulling an up-set of their own.
No. 1 CVU quickly snuffed those ideas out.
“We knew that they were going have runs, there was a big crowd and things were going to get hectic at times,” said CVU senior captain Jacob Boliba. “We knew we just had to say calm.”
The Redhawks defeated Essex in straight sets to capture their fourth straight D-I boys volleyball state title to complete an undefeated season.
“These are my brothers, I can’t even put it into words,” Boliba said of the win. “These four years have just been a movie, it’s been a journey.
“We’ve worked so hard for four years in a row. This year was really special for the seniors.”
In the first set, as the Hornets tried to instill some doubt in CVU, the score remained close. The Redhawks were able to get just enough out of their of-fense to pull away for a very tight 25-21 win.
“Essex played awesome,” said CVU coach Jeff Boliba. “We had really game-planned hard and practiced what we thought they were going to throw at us and the boys really responded well.”
Essex didn’t give up and the two teams continued the back-and-forth action in the second set. But Jacob Boliba took control towards the end of the frame and CVU did not look back.
The senior setter went on a 7-point roll on his service game to pull the Redhawks ahead. The score went from a 17-17 tie to a 24-17 lead for CVU and the