Call it a four-peat for Tyler Anderson and the Bellmore JFK boys volleyball team.
Anderson had 18 kills and seven digs as No. 1 Bellmore JFK won its fourth consecutive Nassau B title with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-21 victory over No. 6 Jericho Wednesday night at Farmingdale State.
“This is the first part of the journey to go back to the state tournament,” Anderson said. “It’s an honor to win four in a row. It means so much to me. Every time I look at this plaque I get emotional. It’s so awesome.”
The Cougars (15-1) are aiming to defend their Long Island Division II championship at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Eastport-South Manor.
“We’re not scared going into Saturday,” said Tyler Jarzabek, who added 11 kills and four digs for the Cougars. “We know if we play our game and our best that we can take it.”
Jericho climbed back after trailing 20-15 in the third set, cutting the Bellmore JFK lead to 22-21. The Cougars remained resilient and displayed their championship pedigree, however, as they scored the final three points.
“It’s been a pretty good run for us,” Bellmore JFK coach Dennis Ringel said. “We did things in the right moments to push us through.”
The Jayhawks pulled to within a point after trailing 24-20 in the second set, but Bellmore JFK closed out on the ensuing serve to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
Leading 18-15 in the opening set, the Cougars began to create separation and extended the lead to 23-16. Anderson powered an emphatic kill to the middle of the floor before Bellmore JFK followed up with the final point.
Ringel said the program’s culture has been a key component to sustaining four seasons of success.
“The things we do and the way we conduct ourselves has all been passed down and lends itself to some of this consistency,” Ringel said.