BY GENE NARDI
On Thursday, April 30, the Wellington High School boys volleyball team took home its second district title in a row with a win over visiting Park Vista High School.
The host Wolverines won the District 6 championship in three sets (25-17, 26-24, 25-22). A.J. Starkins and Alex Ng combined for 14 kills to lead the way for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines had to get by Palm Beach Central High School in the semifinals, and took that contest in three (25-14, 25-19, 25-20) to advance to the finals. Yannick Seurich had 15 kills against the Broncos to lead the Wolverines.
In the finals, Wellington took the first set in convincing fashion, 25-17, but Park Vista battled back in the second set, knowing that if they conceded a second set, it would be a tough road ahead.
The Cobras managed to take a 10-7 lead early in the second set, but the Wolverines clawed back to regain the lead, holding at 11-10 and forcing Park Vista to call a time-out. Both teams pushed back, exchanging the lead. Wellington squeezed it out with a 26-24 win.
In the third set, Park Vista played a tight set, tying it at 15-15 after a 4-point run, but the Wolverines regained the lead 16-15. The Cobras coiled up and struck back with a second 4-point run, but the stubborn Wellington squad regained the lead 21-20, and eventually deflated the Cobra rally 25-20, taking the third set and earning the District 6 title.
Ng is credited with 44 assists, three kills, three digs and one block. Starkins had 11 kills, four digs and two blocks.
Wellington advanced to the first round state play-in hosting Royal Palm Beach High School, but results were not available by press time.
ABOVE: The Wellington High School boys volleyball team after winning the 2015 district championship.