Cougars looking for another title
The Bellmore JFK boys finished their Conference II schedule undefeated and are aiming for a third consecutive Nassau "B" title.
For this team, there is no glossing over this simple fact: The pressure is on.
"There's definitely pressure," Bellmore JFK coach Dennis Ringel said. "To ignore that would not be right. They put the pressure on themselves, but they tend to perform their best when the pressure is highest."
Bellmore JFK (11-0) has not had many anxious moments, having not been extended five games in any conference match. They swept Jericho and Floral Park, both of which are considered contenders for the title.
With senior middle blocker Brian O'Gorman and senior outside hitter Ben Hirschler manning the front line, the Cougars sport an abundance of championship experience.
Hirschler is Bellmore JFK's "best all-around player," according to Ringel.
O'Gorman, at 6-10, is a unique defensive force.
"He takes teams that run things through their middles out of their game," Ringel said. "He just draws a lot of attention, so it frees up everyone else on the court to get one-on-one and one-on-none opportunities."