Providence High boys’ volleyball Coach Andrew Bencze was a little
more frazzled than usual on the first day of his own 10th annual
Along with keeping the participating teams and coaches happy,
coordinating the officiating and trying to get his team prepared for
its match Wednesday, the coach also had to deal with a scheduling
problem posed by the Pioneers’ opening opponent -- L.A. Ribet
Ribet left school and rushed to Providence for its scheduled
contest. However, the Fighting Frogs informed Bencze they had to be
back at school as soon as possible to attend a science fair.
Providence saw to it Ribet was back at school promptly, as the
Pioneers took just 24 minutes to dispose of the Fighting Frogs, 15-3,
15-9, in the best-two-of-three match.
However, things went bad for the Pioneers on Thursday, as they
fell in a quarterfinal match to Santa Clarita Christian, 15-8, 17-15.
“I felt that not only was I coaching against Ribet for the win,
but I was also coaching against the clock, so they could make it back
for their science fair,” said Bencze, whose team is 2-2. “It was kind
of crazy. But I guess we did our part and they probably got back in
Although Bencze said it is nice to get a victory in the first
match of his own tournament, he wasn’t impressed with the way his
Pioneers played against the obviously outmatched Ribet.
“It’s early in the season and we still have a lot to learn if we
want to improve,” Bencze said. “We have a young team and things will
get better for us as time goes on.”
In both games, the Pioneers fell behind early and Ribet (0-1) took
advantage of Providence’s mistakes.
What helped Providence pull out of its early funk in both games
was its 17 team aces.
Pioneer Ian Breckenridge- Jackson contributed seven kills and
Tommy Boucher had 11 assists.