Dock’s Senior night turned out to be all it was built up to be. A Friday night show down between two local teams, friends across the net. The night was electric and the stands were packed full of fans from both sides, ready to cheer their teams on. Dock would honor their 6 Seniors pre-game- Mason Zehr, Dan Moyer, Ryan Class, Jaden Hunsberger, Jeremy Yoder and Lincoln Bergey as well as team manager Hannah Swartley. They also used the evening to recognize Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day by appointing Benny Shreiner, younger brother of JV player Jake Shreiner and Dock Volleyball Alumus Noah Shreiner, as Honorary Team Captain.
Once the festivities were over, the teams took their sides and the battle began. The first two sets, Souderton was in the driver’s seat keeping Dock off balance with an aggressive attack from the service line and front row. While Dock would stay close for a while, in the end of each set, Souderton prevailed. It seemed after just two sets played that it may be a quick night for the Dock Squad. Dock however, was not ready to concede.
The Boys came out in the third with new found confidence. The beginning of the set would feature a defensive dig by Ryan Class, service ace by Jaden Hunsberger, block by Jeremy Yoder and kills by Dan Moyer, Sam Gingerich and Lincoln Bergey to take the team to an 8-2 lead. Dock would never trail in the set and would cruise on to a commanding win.
Set four showed that Souderton had had enough and was ready to close the door on the night. The Indians jumped out to an early lead and seemed destined to finish the match in 4. Souderton was up by 5 at 7-12 when the Pioneers made their move. At 9-13, Kurt Clemens was on the serving line and led the team back with strategic serves including an ace to tie the set at 13-13. That was all Dock needed to make their move. They would not relinquish the lead in the fourth on the way to tieing the match at two sets each with a 25-15 win.
It all came down to the fifth set, this one to 15 points. The tension in the gym was palpable. Dock and Souderton, two well matched teams gave the fans one of the best final sets in recent volleyball history. The teams would rally back and forth throughout the set. The set would find the teams locked dead even in score 13 times. Dock moved ahead 7 times while Souderton took the advantage 5 times. The tie at 13-13 was broken on a kill by Lincoln Bergey. Dock was poised to complete the heroic comeback. It was a Dock hitting error then a kill by Souderton Senior Ben Campman that would turn the tables. The teams would again tie at 15s but another hitting error by Dock then a service ace by Campman would seal the win for the visiting Indians.
The defensive effort, led by Jaden Hunsberger with 26 digs is what kept the Pioneers alive. Offensively the team registered 29 kills by Lincoln Bergey and 9 kills each from Ryan Class and Dan Moyer. Senior Setter Jeremy Yoder had the best match of his career leading hos offense with 39 assists. The serving attack was also led by Jeremy Yoder who had 25 attempts with 0 errors, 1 ace. Joining Yoder from the service line attack were Jaden Hunsberger and Kurt Clemens whom each had one ace and recorded a serving percentage over 90%.
Dock’s record moves to 5-1 overall, 4-0 in league play. The Boys have a busy week ahead with matches away at Council Rock South Monday then three in a row at home with Haverford on Tuesday, Lancaster Mennonite on Wednesday and Glenn Mills on Thursday.
Check out Senior Recognitions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmafaIkZ__o&list=UUFFnWEsHlpkePlv0sUJFZaQ&index=1