Boys VB: Perry works harder to sweep Mesa High

March 29, 2017 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Perry's boys volleyball team was pushed a little harder Wednesday in yet another power-ranking match sweep, topping Mesa High, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 in a 6A contest at Perry High.

Perry, last year's state runner-up, is looking able in its bid to make a run at state again. The Pumas compete in their third invitational of the season at Brophy Prep this weekend followed by a tough set of region matches with the likes of Brophy and Chandler. That wil tell a little more accurarely just where the Pumas stand.

Perry (15-5 overall, 7-0 prm) posted its sixh sweep in seven power-ranking matches The Pumas had to rally from a couple points down late in the first set to win. The second set was similar, although Perry led 4-3 for the first time and didn't trail the rest of the set. Mesa fell to 6-10 overall and 2-5 in power-ranking matches.

"Mesa's a good team with a solid coach," Perry coach Brian Pomerantz said. "They made us battle. They are better than their record shows.

"We had to adjust our blocking after the first set,and then decided to mix it up some on serve. We needed to get them out of system and those things helped that some."

Perry's attack centered around three players -- Blake Fillmore (9 kills), Collin Hoag (8 kills) and Reid Wagner (6 kills). Fillmore and Hoag were the most active in the first two sets and Wagner came on in the third set.

Mesa coach Ray Lewis was pleased with his team's effort against one of the best programs in the conference. A similar fate befell the Jackrabbits Tuesday in a 3-1 region loss to rival Mountain View. 

"They're a very talented team" Lewis said. "We lack the experience they have. We tend to make an error at times we most need the point. By the time the third set got going, they took over. We started being a ltitle timid."

Mesa's Jordan Smith led all attackers with 16 kills, eight in the first set. Kalani Brubaker and Antonio Barraza added five kills apiece.