Pilgrim sweeps Johnston, 3-0

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The Pilgrim Patriots went to Johnston and swept the Panthers 3-0 (25-6), (25-18), (25-11) on Tuesday night in Division II boys’ volleyball.

Outside hitter and junior Dave D’Andrea led Pilgrim with five kills and seven aces and his teammate and fellow outside hitter Ben Hunt, a senior, chipped in six kills. Johnston senior Jesse Vigeant finished with five blocks for the Panthers.

The Panthers had Pilgrim on its toes during the second set, leading 7-5. Nonetheless, the Pats scored ten straight points, headed by five aces from D’Andrea and took a 15-7 lead and never looked back.

Johnston drops to 0-13 and sits in ninth place. The players are itching to get a win and they have two games left in their season to do it. Friday the Panthers host Barrington before closing out the season with undefeated East Greenwich (13-0) next Thursday.

“We’ve taken sets from teams, which I think is pretty impressive at this stage,” Johnston head coach Greta Lalli said. “We just need to get more playing time, more court time, and I think that they have exceeded our expectations by far.”  

The Pats improve to 11-3 in the league and battle Cranston East for second place on Thursday. Then, Pilgrim ends the season at home against Barrington for senior night.

“We’re in the home stretch,” Pilgrim head coach Mike McGiveron said. “We’re playing pretty well. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve accelerated our skills up through the midpoint of the year, now we’re kind of plateauing, but we’re really working on stuff to help us out into the playoffs.”

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