GENEVA – The Geneva boys volleyball team saw how a game can hinge on a few plays Tuesday night.
Much of the drama was in the first set as Geneva beat visiting Upstate Eight Conference River foe St. Charles North in two sets, winning 29-27, 25-11.
In Game 1, North took a 24-23 advantage after a net violation by Geneva (10-12, 3-1 UEC). Vikings coach KC Johnsen took a timeout to settle down his group, setting the stage for senior outside hitter Chris Parrilli to blast a kill to even the score at 24. Parrilli led the team with 10 kills and three service aces while adding seven digs.
The momentum then further swung Geneva’s way after North failed to convert on two different game points. Sophomore setter David Franz (20 assists) supplied a timely second-hit attack that caught North off guard, giving Geneva a 28-27 lead, and then junior Sam Wulflkuhle ended the set with an ace.
“We knew if we came out and won that game we would take a lot of momentum into game two," Parrilli said. " … We really just made sure to take care of business there right at the end.”
The second set was full of Geneva runs that gave the Vikings a comfortable lead. They had stretches of four straight points to giving them a 7-3 lead, nine straight to give them a 17-5 lead and then three straight to close out the match.
“The one thing that Geneva has got for them is this monster, this momentum,” St. Charles North coach Todd Weimer said. “It’s tough, you’re already down 1-0. … I’m very disappointed in our guys in the second set.”
The North Stars (12-14, 3-1 UEC) were paced by Jeff Rollins and Jack Bujko, who both had five kills. Drew Lanz added 19 digs.
Geneva sophomore Jon Bishop had three of his team's 12 blocks while Brandon Navigato led the team in digs with 12. Junior Nick Buseski added seven kills and nine digs for the Vikings, who tied St. Charles North at a 3-1 record in the conference.