Boys Volleyball: St. Ignatius falls to St. Francis in four games

St. Ignatius sophomore outside hitter Wyatt Rudnicki rises up for a hit while St. Francis blockers rise up to contest the potential kill on Tuesday at St. Ignatius. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Josh Levine

Led by seniors Dash Leeds and Johnny Sansone, St. Francis High School of Mountain View dominated in its 3-1 (25-13, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20) victory over St. Ignatius High School on Tuesday at St. Ignatius.

Leeds and Sansone, along with sophomore James Shaw, had a combined 35 kills over the four games.

“We have a lot of strong hitters,” said St. Francis Head Coach Michael Rubin. “We’ve also got a good passing team right now, and when you have both you’re going to get a lot of good opportunities. Also, our setter, James Shaw, was very successful in dumping the ball over the net.”

St. Francis (24-7, 9-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game and didn’t look back. As a team, the Lancers had 11 kills in the first game. Throughout all four games, they had 43 kills.

St. Ignatius (14-11, 3-8) seemed to lack energy through the first two games, but came alive in the third game, winning 25-19.

“We came out flat in the beginning,” said St. Ignatius Co-Head Coach Steve Dunne. “Our team relies on momentum, energy, and getting the little points. That’s how we get ourselves going, but that didn’t happen until the third game.”

The Wildcats managed only six kills in the first two games, but had six in the third game.

“We don’t have the ability to come out soft against a team like St. Francis,” said St. Ignatius Co-Head Coach Brad Walsh. “We finally got going in the third and fourth games, but that was partially because our backs were against the wall. What we need to do is start off like that so we don’t fall behind.”

St. Ignatius doesn’t have a senior on this season’s team. Being so young, Walsh and Dunne believe that games like these are a chance for their players to keep learning and gain experience.

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