In a 2-2 deadlock against Dual County League rival Lincoln-Sudbury, the second-ranked Boston Latin boys’ volleyball team turned to its biggest asset in the fifth and deciding set.
Bogdan Ivanov, a 6-foot-8 junior hitter, capped his 20-kill performance with a stellar final set in a 16-14 victory that lifted the Wolfpack to 9-0.
“We knew they were a good team after they beat Newton South in five [sets],” said Latin assistant coach Preston Yong of 11th-ranked L-S (5-4). “We focused on making sure to play a steady game. When it mattered, they were able to execute well.”
With head coach Konst Dimov in Dallas coaching his club team, SMASH Volleyball, at the U18 Open nationals, five-year assistant Yong directed the sideline as the two teams traded points all match. The Warriors took the first set, 25-23, followed by 25-23 and 28-26 Wolfpack wins. The Warriors were able to extend it to a fifth set by the widest margin of the match, 25-21.
At the finish, Ivanov was the difference.
“It was a very even match,” said Yong. “At the end, it was Ivanov who stepped up. He was able to put it away and finish plays [in the final set].”
Latin will play at O’Bryant on Monday.
Franklin 10, BC High 9 — Sophomore Matt Lazzaro scored a game-high six goals, including the winner in double overtime, to lead the No. 12 Panthers (7-1) to the program’s first win over the Eagles (4-4). ‘‘It was a great win for the program,’’ said Franklin coach Lou Verrochi. ‘‘We've had some great matchups with BC High in the past, but never beaten them. So to get this one, it’s a signature win.’’
North Reading 20, Georgetown 7 — Senior attack Sean Fagen tallied eight goals and four assists for the Hornets (5-5).
Northeast 7, Minuteman 1 — Senior Mitchell Woodman scored a hat trick to lead the Golden Knights (4-2).
Rivers 7, Middlesex 6 — Junior Tommy Miller tallied two goals, including the winner, for the Red Wings (9-2). Sophomore Joey Kraft also contributed two goals.
Shawsheen 11, Mystic Valley 4 — Junior midfielder Dave Fraser had four goals to lead the Rams (8-1) to a win over the Eagles.
Weymouth 18, Malden Catholic 6 — Junior Michael Intravaia racked up four goals and two helpers for the Wildcats (3-4). Frank Younie made 10 stops in net.
Abington 10, East Bridgewater 4 — Senior Maddie Grafton had four goals to lead the Green Wave (4-4).
Austin Prep 16, Archbishop Williams 11 — Senior captain Amanda Williams recorded her 200th career point as the Cougars (4-3, 3-0 Catholic Central) earned the conference victory.
Norwell 15, Hull 1 — Junior Casey Ward scored three times for the No. 3 Clippers (9-1).
Winthrop 10, Gloucester 7 — Senior attack Ruby Melvin tallied her 100th career goal in the loss for the Fishermen.
Austin Prep 16, Archbishop Williams 2 — Freshman Brianna Meroli went 4 for 5 with a home run for the Cougars (5-2).To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email [email protected].