November 28, 2014

Clarence boys spikers break school records during 2014 season

Clarence finished the season 8-4 in the league. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.

Despite losing a few key players to graduation last year and several players to injury over the course of this season, the Clarence boys volleyball team finished with a division record of 8-4 and an overall record of 14-10. As a team the Red Devils broke school records for kills and assists that had stood since 1999, and individually senior Matt Dempsey broke the assists record that had stood since 2000.

Coach Kevin Starr was pleasantly surprised by the 8-4 division record.

“Going into the season, I thought that considering the strength of our league, 6-6 would be a reasonable goal,” Starr said. “A record of 8-4, especially with all the injuries we had this year, is very impressive.”

Clarence’s 14-10 overall record ranked the team sixth in Western New York in the final coaches’ poll. And all of its losses came to very good teams: sectional champions (Lancaster and Hamburg), a sectional finalist (Eden), the Monsignor Martin champion and number one ranked team in Western New York (Canisius), and a state champion (Victor).

Clarence reached the gold medal round in every tournament. The Red Devils were quarterfinalists at Eden, semifinalists at Clarence and Orchard Park, and finalists at Sweet Home. Dempsey and fellow senior Tommy Ecker were all-stars of the Clarence and Sweet Home tournaments, while sophomore Henry Payne was an all-star at the Orchard Park tournament.

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