Friday, June 13, 2008

Retreads win Spring Mens Sixes title

Fred's Retreads are on a 2-league winning streak.

The Retreads, composed of former and current Warren Sixpak junior players, captured the Spring Mens Sixes championship on June 10, beating Team Beer 30-28, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 in the best-of-five final.

Ziggy Goryn, who completed his junior playing career in 2002, led the Retreads with 25 kills, at least 7 digs (statman does not claim to note all digs!) 2 blocks and an ace. Mark Kochan, a current player on Warren's 16-under team, added 13 kills, at least 3 digs, and 2 blocks.

Goryn had the Retreads' final three kills in the key third-game victory. He had 9 kills in that game.
In the hotly contested first game, Beer jumped out to a 9-4 lead on a kill by Scott Fitzpatrick and also led 10-5 on a kill by Glen Soria, 20-15 when setter Sean Mackey hit on 2 off a dig by Chuck Roy, and 21-16 on a kill by Dan Botzan. But 2 straight kills by Goryn, the second after a dig by Taras Borysyuk, made it 21-18.
Rob Curran had a kill for Beer as they took a 22-18 led, but a kill by Goryn, an ace by Mark Gacki, and another kill by Goryn after another dig by Borysyuk made it a 1-point game.

After each team had several game-point chances, the Retreads finally took a 29-28 lead on a kill by Justin Beaumont and won on an error by Beer.

Curran led the way in Beer's game-two win, with 5 of his team-high 15 kills. That game ended on a Retread error followed by a kill by Botzan (12 kills, at least 4 digs overall), for the 25-23 Beer victory.
But Goryn took over in Game 3, and Borysyuk, who completed his Warren playing career in 2000, ended Game 4 with his 7th kill of the night.

Borysyuk also had a block and at least 6 digs while setting in a 6-2 format with Mark Gacki, the setter for this year's Warren 18s. Gacki finished with 7 kills, a block, a game-high 4 aces, and at least 3 digs.

Chris Schuler, who also finished his junior career in 2002, contributed 9 kills, 2 blocks, an ace, and at least 3 digs to the Retread effort, while Beaumont, who played for Warren's 2007 18's team, had 9 kills, 3 blocks, and at least 5 digs.

Mackey finished with 2 kills, 3 blocks, an ace, and at least 3 digs for Beer, while Curren also contributed an ace and at least 4 digs to go with his 15 kills. Fitzpatrick contributed 8 kills, 2 blocks and at least 3 digs for Beer, which won the regular-season title in the league.

Roy had 7 kills, 2 blocks, an ace, and at least 4 digs, and Soria had 5 kills, 3 blocks, and at least 3 digs for Beer.

The Retreads had also won the Winter Mens Sixes League title, beating Ugly Ball in the final.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer leagues starting/new open gym hours

Summer leagues are forming now! There will be Reverse Coed Fours on Thursdays and Mens Fours on Tuesdays.

There will be a pickup night for the Reverse Coed Fours League this Thursday (June 12) starting at 8 p.m. Players seeking teams and teams that need players can find each other, plus teams will be able to get ready for the league start by scrimmaging against each other.

The Mens Fours league will start Tuesday, June 17 and the Reverse Coed Fours will begin June 19.

Roster sheets are available at the front desk.


There will be no open gym on Sundays through the summer. Open Gym will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-11:00 p.m. in the summer.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

TriPod wins Silver title

Three of the four games went overtime, and the fourth was decided by 3 points.

That's how close the competition was as Tripod outlasted Ultra for the Silver Division title in the Spring Coed Fours League on May 28. Tripod - Anthony Calabria, Monica Calabria, Matt Susko, Kelly Mejuisi, and Adam Reinhardt - won 29-27, 28-30, 26-24, 25-22 to win the crown.

Tripod actually trailed 7-2 in two of the games they won, the first and third, but was able to battle back each time. In the first game, they finally took a 14-13 lead on an ace by Kelly, and actually went up 17-14 after two straight blocks by Anthony.

But then it was Ultra's turn to rally, and they went up 22-20 on two straight Tripod errors. After they went back and forth for a while, Matt finally ended the game with a kill on a hit on the second ball after a dig by Kelly.

In Game 2, it was Tripod that went up big, before Ultra battled back. An Ultra error made it 10-3, but a kill by Bill Burns, a block by Bill, and a Tripod error evened the score at 13-13. Tripod led 28-27, but 3 straight kills by Alex Desau gave Ultra the victory.

Ultra had two game points, 24-22, after a kill by Alex in Game 3, but Matt had a kill, Kelly had an ace, Anthony had a kill, and Kelly finished the game with another ace.

Alex's final kill of the night, his 25th, made the score 23-22 in the fourth game, and that one looked like it was headed for extra time, too. But Matt had a kill for the 24th point, then hit on 2 again in a similar play to the one that ended Game 1 to finish the game and match.

Anthony finished with 29 kills, 5 blocks and an ace for TriPod, while Matt had 28 kills, a block, 3 aces, and at least 3 digs (stat man can't keep up with all the digs!) Monica had 4 aces and at least 4 digs, while Kelly had 4 aces and at least 5 digs. Monica and Kelly combined for 6 aces in TriPod's Game 3 win. Adam had 7 kills and an ace.

Alex finished with 3 aces to go with his 25 kills for Ultra, while Bill Burns had 27 kills, 4 blocks, and at least 3 digs. Jeff Shirtz had 6 kills. Edna Cetina did the setting for Ultra.

Touch It! Smackey won the Gold Division of the league, while BUCA won the bronze in matches played the week before. The Silver Division needed an extra week because it was an 8-team grouping while the others each had 4 teams.

The Summer Reverse Coed League will be played on Thursday nights this year, starting June 12.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Coed league matches of the week

The Flying Squirrels went 4-2 in six games in the Coed Fours League on Wednesday, winning all three games against Stu's Crew and one of three against BUCA.

Mark Menadier led the Squirrels with 15 kills and 5 aces against BUCA and 21 kills and 6 aces against Stu's Crew. His final 2 kills of the night both came in similar fashion, as he hit the ball over on 2 after digs by Melissa Eckoff, giving the Squirrels a 26-24 win in the final game against Stu's Crew. The Squirrels also beat Stu's Crew 25-21 and 25-22.

Scott Shaw had 15 kills and Tom Koehler had 2 kills and 2 aces against Stu's Crew.

Fred Bauer led Stu's Crew with 11 kills and also had 4 aces, while Stu contributed 10 kills, 2 blocks, and 3 aces. Al Zudick had 6 kills and 6 aces, and Judy Larrick had 3 kills.

Phil Oney led BUCA with 15 kills, 3 blocks and 4 aces as they beat the Squirrels 25-8 24-26, 27-25. Jon Raser had 10 kills and 5 blocks, including two that were one-handed, and Tony Weshovsky had 8 kills.

BUCA trailed 12-17 in the third game, but battled back to tie the score at 20-20 on an ace by Jon. They went ahead 26-25 on an error by the Squirrels, then Phil finished the game and the night for BUCA with a block. BUCA had already won three games from Jambalaya before playing the Squirrels.

Scott had 13 kills and 2 blocks for the Squirrels against BUCA. Mark provided the key hits at the end of the Squirrels' Game 2 win, with a kill to tie the game at 24-24, then 2 straight kills for the winning points.

Team Beer wins 2 of 3 from Kaboom!

Team Beer won 2 of 3 games, 25-16, 25-20, 6-15, against Kaboom! in one of the feature matches of the opening night in the Men's Sixes League for the spring season.

Bob Curran led Team Beer with 7 kills, while Dan Botzan contributed 6 kills and 2 blocks and Brian Korenstein had 4 kills and 2 blocks. Mike Kucza contributed to the balanced attack with 5 kills, Taras Borysyuk had 4 kills, and Maribel Viray had 3 kills.

Matt Blauner led Kaboom! with 10 kills while Mike Thunell, Omar Mineya, and Paul Caper each had 5. Omar also had 2 aces.

Team Beer also won three games against WML on the opening night, while Kaboom! won all three in its exciting! match with Kapow!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Warren Sixpak wins men's sixes title

The first game didn't go so well, so Warren Sixpak setter Mark Gacki thought it would be a good idea to change the lineup.

Sixpak won the Gold Division title in the Men's Sixes league on March 25, beating Ugly Ball 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 15-9. Team Beer won the Silver Division title, beating Kaboom, also in a 5-game marathon (20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 15-11).

Sixpak switched left sides Glenn DeMagalhaes and Ziggy Goryn after losing the first game. Glen had 0 kills in the first game (he finished the match with 16), while Ziggy had just 4 of his match-high 25. Ziggy had 7 of his kills and Glenn had 5 in second-game victory that put Sixpak back in contention.

Middles Tom Burke had 16 kills and 2 blocks and Colin McNeill contributed 10 kills and 2 blocks for Sixpak. Adam Tett shared the setting duties in a 6-2 alignment with Gacki.

Adam Lewis led Ugly Ball, the fall season champions, with 16 kills and 2 blocks. Gary Curran had 11 kills, Jack Henriques added 9, and Rob Curran, Gregory Solovey, and Joe Saab each had 5 kills. Solovey also had 2 blocks. Greg Grande and Ilya Shchukin did the setting.

Sixpak almost didn't make it to the final, winning a best-of-three match in the semifinals over Fred's Retreads. They lost the first game 25-20, but won the second 28-26, and the third, 20-18. In that third game, Sixpak trailed 7-1 and 9-2 before coming back.

Ugly Ball beat Crush It, also in three games, in the semifinals. Crush It won the first game before Ugly Ball came back to win in three, with a 15-13 score in the third game.

Dan Barry, Dan Botzan, Chuck Roy, Glen Soria, Scott Fitzpatrick and Anthony Rosania played for Team Beer. They beat Western Penn in the semifinals. Kaboom beat Knuckle up in the semifinals.

The next men's sixes league will start April 15. There will be an open gym/pickup night for teams to add players on April 8.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Injuries can't stop Touch It! Smackey

Two of their four players had injuries - Marcus Haynes with a dislocated thumb, and Sean Mackey with a broken finger - but that didn't keep Touch It! Smackey from capturing the Coed 4's League Gold Division championship with a 25-22, 29-31, 25-22, 25-21 victory over The McCreakersons on March 19.

Even with their painful digits, Marcus and Sean each had 6 blocks in the match. JJ O'Connell led Smackey with 23 kills and also had 4 blocks, an ace, and at least 8 digs (statman Fred does not claim to be able to keep track of all digs). Sean contributed 18 kills, 2 aces, and at least 5 digs, while Marcus had 21 kills, 2 aces, and at least 11 digs. Lynnette Chen did the setting and also had 2 kills, an ace, and at least 12 digs.

Smackey actually led Game 4 by 9 points, 23-14, but The McCreakersons battled back with key points coming on an ace by Jim Findura (23-16), and a pair of kills by Roman Bulowski (23-19 and 23-20).

But Sean registered his final kill to make the score 24-20, and after another kill by Roman, JJ finished the match with a spike down the line from the left side.

Roman led the McCreakersons with 23 kills, 3 blocks, an ace and at least 11 digs, while Tommy Narath contributed 17 kills, a block, 6 aces, and at least 6 digs. Jim Findura had 17 kills, 5 blocks (including 2 at the end of the Game 2 victory) an ace, and at least 6 digs. Ann Lee Yuan did the setting and also had a kill and at least 7 digs.

Some other highlights in the match included: JJ's block for the winning point in Smackey's Game 1 victory; A play early in Game 2 during which Tommy's shoe went flying off but McCreakersons still won the point (Roman later in the game reminded Tommy to "try to keep his shoes on''); a dig by Ann Lee that kept the rally alive before Jim's game-finishing block in Game 2; a long rally that included at least 3 digs - by Lynnette, Sean and Roman, before Tommy finally ended it with a kill that gave McCreakersons a 20-19 lead in Game 3; a dig/kill by Lynnette in Game 3 that gave Smackey a 23-21 lead; And a 4-dig rally (JJ, Marcus, and 2 by Roman) that was ended by a dink from Jim that left Marcus and Lynnette lying on the floor in Game 4. That point made Smackey's lead 22-14 and preceded the McCreakerson's big, but ultimately failed, comeback.

The next Coed 4's league will start April 9. There will be an open gym/pickup night for players seeking teams and teams seeking players on April 2. Contact Mark Thatcher ( for information.