Above the Net

May 21 – Jefferson Twp., NJ – The volleyball team played its final game of the season as the abrupt nature of playoff sports reared ugly head. The Falcons earned 25-22 and 25-21 decisions in two games to help them advance in the North Sectional Tournament and ending BC’s season.
Dylan Anderson, once again played a terrific game, recording 15 Kills, 5 Service Points and 3 Digs. Saarang Patel led BC in Assists with 17 and Brian Mendoza excelled in the dirty work, recording 11 Digs. Mr. Everything, Wesley MacNeill had two aces and 5 Service Points, adding a pair of kills and 6 Digs, while Andrew Remias provided 2 Kills, 2 SPs and 3 Digs.

May 14 – Ramsey, NJ – BC very quickly and efficiently took care of their rivals to the north, holding DBP under 20 points in each game 25-14, 25-19. Dylan Anderson (7 Service Points, 16 Kills and 12 Digs), Saarang Patel (21 sets) and Brian Mendoza (14 Digs) all led the Crusaders.

May 13 – Passaic, NJ – The Crusaders made short work of a feisty Passaic Indian Volleyball team 25-13 and 25-23. After rolling to an easy Game 1 victory, the home team defended their turf, but the Crusaders were able to hold them at 23 to score the game winning point.
     Dylan Anderson once again led the team with 16 kills and Saarang Patel assisted with 20 sets. Brian Mendoza had another strong game as BC’s top digger with 10. Wesley MacNeill continued to be the most well-rounded player, leading the team with 7 Service Points including a team-high 2 aces and added 3 kills and 9 digs to boot. Andrew Remias also played well, recording 6 service points, 2 kills and a dig.
May 9 – Oradell, NJ – In a rematch of a mid-April match, the Crusaders faced Ramapo in the BCCA Tournament. The three-game match was as close as can be, 24-26, 25-17, 26-28.
     Saarang Patel recorded 43 assists and Dylan Anderson pitched in 34 kills, but it was not enough to overcome a determined Green Raider team. Brian Mendoza led the Crusaders with eleven digs and Wesley O’Neill played a well-rounded game with 3 Service Points, 3 Kills and 8 Digs.

May 8 – Oradell, NJ – Senior Outside Hitter, Dylan Anderson had a big day versus Bergenfield, registering 12 Service Points including 2 Aces, 14 Kills, 5 Digs and a half a block as BC defeated the Bears 25-22, 25-17. Saarang Patel led BC with 23 Assists. Brian Mendoza registered 9 Digs and Wesley MacNeill added 4 SPs, 4 Kills and 7 Digs. Giovanni Perrone registered 7 Kills, while Andrew Remias, Andrew Pinto-Shaw, and Gabe Camacho all played well.

May 6 – Oradell, NJ – Wesley MacNeill and Andrew Remias went on a couple of strong service runs to help BC in the third game and Dylan Anderson had some big kills on the outside as BC defeated Hackensack 25-11, 19-25, 25-18.
     Hackensack seemed to play possum in the first game as the Crusaders had an easy time and 14-point victory. But the energy returned to the Comets in Game 2 and they put BC on notice that the third game would be a quality game. MacNeil and Brian Mendoza came up with some big digs vs. Hackensack’s opposite (right side hitter) which helped BC to turn things around. Saarang Patel recorded 31 assists and added a couple of dumps for kills. Anderson, once again, hit for power, recording 21 kills. Andrew Pinto-Shaw provided a pair of kills and a pair of digs and a half-block. Sophomore, James Deegan, filled in for Gabe Camacho very well, recording 5 digs.

May 1 – Oradell, NJ – After falling 17-25 in Game 1 of the second meeting of Teaneck and BC, the Crusaders played an inspired Game 2, winning 25-22 and pushed the Highwaymen to the brink, before falling 24-26 in the third game. Dylan Anderson recorded 27 Kills and 11 Digs for the Crusaders. Saarang Patel set up 33 scores and recorded 7 service points. Brian Mendoza tied Anderson for the team lead in Digs with 11. Wesley MacNeill scored 8 Service Points, recorded 8 Digs and 3 Kills. Andrew Remias provided 4 kills, 3 SPs and 2 aces. Andrew Pinto Shaw contributed with a block and a kill.

April 29 – Oradell, NJ – The Crusaders prepared for North Jersey’s top team and competed, but were not able to find the floor against some of the toughest diggers in the state. BC lost in straight games 25-14 and 25-20 as many of the kills they are accustomed to landing were not falling.
     Dylan Anderson led the team with 9 kills, and Brian Mendoza recorded 7 digs. Wesley MacNeil gave another balanced performance with 5 service points, 4 kills and 5 digs and Saarang Patel once again led the Crusaders with assists with 13.

April 27 – Belleville, NJ – The Crusader Volleyball went 9-1 on the day to take home the hardware from the Belleville Varsity Boys Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. Senior Captain, Dylan Anderson (#7) was BC’s Player of the Day.
     BC beat Payne Tech in the semifinals and Passaic HS in the finals 25-20 (finals was only one game).

April 23 – Oradell, NJ – Saarang Patel set up 20 kills as Dylan Anderson (8), Wesley MacNeil (6) and Giovanni Perrone and Andrew Remias 5 kills each, took advantage.
Andrew Pinto-Shaw had six service points and Brian Mendoza recorded 5 as Anderson (8 SPs) and MacNeill (5 SPs) scored as well. The Crusaders took both games from the Boilermakers, 25-13, 25-12.

April 22 – Oradell, NJ – BC defeated Bergen Tech 25-15, 25-21 in the Battle of the two “Bergen” schools. Dylan Anderson (14 kills) and Wesley MacNeill (10 kills) led the way. BC received 7 kills from Giovanni Perrone as well. Brian Mendoza set-up the three, recording 26 assists.

April 17 – Oradell, NJ – The Crusaders were without their #1 setter, but that just provided opportunity for freshman, Brian Mendoza to step-up. Mendoza registered 20 assists and 11 digs as BC defeated Ramapo 25-17, 13-25, 25-17. Dylan Anderson led BC with 18 Kills, 12 Service points, 5 aces and 11 digs. Wesley MacNeill turned in 11 Digs, 3 SPs, 3 Kills and 2 Assists. Andrew Remias and Gabe Camacho each contributed 7 SPs and Emmanuel Barhe pitched in 3 SPs and 5 Assists.

April 16 – Oradell, NJ – The Crusaders found some redemption in the varsity match vs. Jefferson Township on Tuesday. After falling prey to the Falcons earlier, BC tamed the visitor 2-1 in a highly competitive match. The Crusaders took the first and third games of the set 25-19 and 25-21, and dropped a very close one, 23-25, in the middle in which Jefferson avoided the sweep.
     Saraang Patel was phenomenal setting up hitters once again, earning 37 assists and adding 6 Service Points and 6 Digs. Dylan Anderson recorded 22 kills, 9 digs and 8 SPs, while Wesley MacNeil pitched in 1 Kills, 11 Digs and 8 SPs.

April 16 – Bergenfield, NJ – The Crusaders travelled into the den on Monday to start a new week and slew the occupants 25-18, 25-22. Saarang Patel recorded 24 Assists and 11 Service Points and Dylan Anderson made 19 kills to lead BC. Wesley MacNeill had another solid performance with 6 kills and digs and 4 SPs and Assists. Andrew Pinto-Shaw added a kill and Giovanni Perrone had 3 kills and one and a half blocks. Andrew Remias contributed an SP and a block for the Crusaders and Gabe Camacho added 2 SPs.

April 12 – Hackensack, NJ – The Crusaders travelled to the county seat and got off to a strong start, winning game one in its match with Hackensack HS 25-21.  The home team was able to rally, however, taking the next two sets 25-20 and 26-24 to edge BC.  Setup specialist, Saraang Patel recorded 28 assists and Dylan Anderson made 28 kills to lead the Crusader effort.  Brian Mendoza had 15 digs and Wesley MacNeill added 11 of his own for BC.  Andrew Remias and Gabe Camacho each pitched in 5 service points while Giovanni Perrone and Andrew Pinto-Shaw each contributed a pair of kills.
April 8 – Oradell, NJ – There was a lot of energy in the Hoehl Gymnasium on Monday as two division rivals met for the first time this year on the Crusaders’ home turf.  It was not to be however, as BC dropped two of two games by identical scores of 23-25, as close as a game can be.
     With Teaneck winning the first game and BC trailing 22-23, they needed a spark.  That’s just what they got from their most talented setter and outside hitter.  Saarang Patel lofted a beautiful pass from right to left and Dylan Anderson did what he does best: he provided a kill for his team off a colossal spike.  That knotted the game at 23.  Unfortunately, the Crusaders missed serve and after a timeout to prepare for the critical point, Teaneck saw its final point slip just over the net and outside the reach of a BC digger. 
     Patel finished the day with 22 sets while Anderson led BC with 13 kills.  Brian Mendoza led BC with 9 digs and Wesley MacNeil led in Service Points with 6.  Andrew Remias and Mendoza were right on his heels with 5 apiece.  The Crusaders are now 3-3 on the young season.
April 6 – Jefferson Twp., NJ – The Crusaders travelled to take two Morris County powers, Jefferson and Chatham High Schools.
JEFFERSON SNEAKS BY CRUSADERS – In the opener, BC got the strong efforts it has come to expect from Dylan Anderson (1 ace, 3 service points, 11 kills, 2 blocks and 2 digs), Wesley MacNeil (1 ace, 4 SPs, 7 kills, 1 assist and 9 digs) and Saarang Patel (3 service points, 1 kill, 20 assists, .5 blocks and 4 digs).  Brian Mendoza pitched in 5 digs and Gabe Camacho pitched in 4 service points as well.  It was not enough, however, as the Falcons prevailed 25-20 and 28-26.
BC CLAWS BY COUGARS – In BC’s second match, the Crusaders easily handled Chatham 25-9 and 25-19.  Anderson led with a season high 17 kills and Patel recorded a season-high 26 assists on the day.  Mendoza had another strong game, recording 3 service points and 6 digs, while MacNeil had 10 SPs, 4 kills and a team-high 7 digs.  Andrew Remias added 7 service points, including an ace, 3 kills, 2 blocks and 1 dig.  Giovanni Perrone provided 3 kills and Andrew Pinto-Shaw pitched in a kill and a dig in the win.
April 5 – Wayne, NJ – Dylan Anderson recorded 9 kills, 6 digs and a half block.  Wesley MacNeil added 9 kills, 3 digs, 1 block and 6 service points and Saarang Patel assisted on 17 scores, recording a pair of kills, 6 service points and 2 digs.  It was not enough, however, as BC fell to the Indians of Wayne Valley in two games 20-25 and 19-25.
April 3 – Ramsey, NJ – The Crusader Volleyball team travelled to Ironmanland and wielded a bigger sword in dismantling DBP 25-13, 25-13 in two games.  Dylan Anderson recorded 11 kills and 4 service points and a dig.  Welsey MacNeil led BC with 6 digs and 12 service points including an ace, plus 2 kills.  Andrew Remias led the Scarlet and Gold with 2.5 blocks.  He also provided 10 service points, 6 kills and 5 digs.  Saarang Patel continued his torrid pace as leading set-up man with 19 assists.  He added 2 kills and 6 service points as well.  Gabriel Camacho added 5 service points and Brian Mendoza had 9 SPs and an ace.  Giovanni Perone and Andrew Pinto-Shaw each recorded a pair of kills.
April 1 – Clifton, NJ – Senior Dylan Anderson recorded his 500th career kill on Monday as BC defeated the Mustangs from Clifton HS two games to one.  The team played especially well in the bookend games establishing an insurmountable lead in the first game en-route to a 25-18 victory, then dropping a hard fought 25-23 game, but winning the last game very strong 25-14.
     “I was able to get a picture with my parents and the ball,” said Anderson, who was clearly appreciative of the opportunity, his accomplishment and the support of his parents.
     Saraang Patel had a major day with 3 aces, 10 service points and 38 sets.  Andrew Remias led the team with 15 service points and added 5 kills, 5 digs and an ace.
     Wesley MacNeil and Brian Mendoza got down and dirty with double-digit digs.  (On a personal note, I think that’s a personal best for words starting with “d” in one sentence, for the author.)  MacNeil recorded a team high 12 digs plus 7 service points, 7 kills and added 3 aces.  Mendoza had 10 digs, 5 assists and one assist.
     Senior Gabe Camacho showed off his service skills, recording 3 service points and Andrew Pinto-Shaw picked up a pair and added two kills.  Giovanni Perrone ha d a block and three kills as BC starts the season 1-0.
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