BY GENE NARDI
On Thursday, March 12, the Palm Beach Central High School boys varsity volleyball team hosted Park Vista High School and fell to the Cobras in four sets (25-20, 20-25, 19-25, 29-31).
The Broncos started out strong and appeared to be poised for their first victory, as they took the first set 25-20.
But both teams then went blow-for-blow as they exchanged the lead and tied multiple times throughout the match.
Park Vista managed to squeak out the second set 25-20, after the Broncos twice surrendered their lead. The third set seemed to bring the Broncos back into a rhythm as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but again, they could not hold the advantage at the net, and dropped the third set 19-25.
The fourth set tested the Broncos, as they battled back to take the game into a fifth set, keeping the score tight, within one, but they eventually lost 29-31.
Standout performances by Caleb Blazer racked up 13 kills for the Broncos. Jonathan Haines tallied nine kills. Cvante Cole recorded seven blocks, and Matthew Smith had two aces.
The Broncos participated in the Slam Charter Tournament later in the week and defeated Coral Reef and Belen Jesuit to propel them into the Gold Finals match against Miami High. But there they fell short, taking second. Blazer had eight kills and two blocks. Hunter Liddell tallied two kills, 13 assists and three aces for the Broncos.
ABOVE: Caleb Blazer drives the ball over the net for the Broncos.