Led by Gary Anderson, Bellmore JFK continues to roll
A year after finishing a perfect season with the school's first state championship in any sport, Bellmore JFK's boys volleyball team is not slowing down.
Another 12 wins to start 2013 has pushed the Cougars' winning streak to 35, and their aggressive play and attacking offensive style has left no one standing.
"I think we're starting to do some things that will serve us very well in the playoffs," coach Dennis Ringel said. "We're starting to put in different play sets and are utilizing some of our better players in different ways and some of our other role players are getting better and better at what they do. I think we're a little more diverse than we were at the beginning of the season."
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Gary Anderson is the player that makes Bellmore JFK go. A returning first-team all-Long Island player and the MVP of the Division II state championship game in 2012, Anderson has proved invaluable to a team that has only two players who saw significant action last season.
"I consider him to be the best player on Long Island," Ringel said. "He has a tremendous all-around game and he's very fluid. He has a wealth of experience and he does everything really well. Getting him back this year as a senior and having him blossom as our leader and as a player really makes him the cornerstone of our team."
The Cougars had to prove themselves again this year and they did that against Suffolk powerhouse Lindenhurst. After falling behind two games to none, Bellmore JFK rallied behind Anderson, who had 30 assists, 20 kills and five blocks, to win 3-2 against the defending Long Island Division I champions.
"It was the highlight of the season so far," Anderson said. "In my four years here there hasn't been a match like that ever. It was just a great match and coming from behind was an awesome experience to be a part of."
Justin Feigeles and Andrew Sheehan are two other key contributors for Bellmore JFK.
"We're definitely an offensive team," Feigeles said. "What we want to do is become a better all-around defensive team."
Seeing Bellmore JFK improve in any area is a scary thought for Nassau County and all of Division II in New York State as the Cougars go in search of another championship and perfect season.