Boys' Latin volleyball sweeps Archbishop Spalding

Archbishop Spalding's visit to Boys' Latin didn't last long. Fifty-five minutes after the start of the volleyball match, the Cavaliers were ushered off the court.

Boys' Latin prevailed, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference match Wednesday.

The Lakers (9-3) had a harder time beating Spalding when the two teams clashed in Severn on Sept. 20. That decision was also a sweep for Boys' Latin.

"The first time we played that team down there, we had to struggle to beat them," said Boys' Latin coach Drew Haugh, whose team was missing senior middle hitter Jordan Brooks in the first match because of a wrist injury.

"We won it in three, but they were beating us by nine points in the third game and they had match point a couple of times earlier," he added.

Brooks (8 kills, 5 blocks, 2 aces), his cousin Blair Brooks, a junior middle hitter who totaled 11 kills and six blocks and senior middle hitter Jimmy Parker (11 kills, 5 aces) sparked Boys' Latin to the victory Wednesday. 

Junior setter Avery Engel (6 blocks, 4 kills, 4 aces), senior opposite hitter Austin Brown (6 blocks, 4 kills, 9-for-11 serving) and Haugh's son Colton, a junior defensive specialist who finished 15 of 16 serving, also shined for the winners.

Junior middle hitter Bradley Pruissen (9 kills) led Spalding (5-9).

Boys' Latin jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first set as Colton Haugh served 10 points in a row.

The Lakers also took control early in the second set, starting with a 19-11 cushion.

Spalding came alive in the third set, taking leads of 3-1 and 5-3. After that, there were five ties before Boys' Latin finished the Cavaliers off. 

"We have to play harder and leave it on the court," Spalding coach Sean Walsh said. "Boys' Latin hustled. That was the biggest thing I saw compared to our team today."


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