After a subpar showing in the first set Thursday it looked like Chandler was in for a short night against Perry in a matchup of the No. 2 (Perry) and No. 3 (Chandler) teams in D-I boys volleyball. A 25-14 loss to begin the evening was a shelling and could have put a damper on confidence.
Chandler shrugged that loss aside and outplayed Perry the rest of the match in posting a 3-1 win at Perry High. Scores were 14-25, 26-24, 25-13, 25-21.
"I know Perry came out super fired up and it showed," Chandler coach Bobby Robson said. "We have a lot of kids on both teams that play club together and its a friendly rivalry. We haven't beaten them in quite awhile."
Chandler (l24-3-4, 11-1 power-ranking matches) led most of the second set only to have Perry (21-9-4, 10-2 prm) tie it at 23. It took two set points for Chandler to even the match.
The third set was all Chandler. The Wolves gradually pulled away and when their lead reached double digits Perry coach Brian Pomerantz cleared his bench to rest starters for the fourth.
Chandler played catchup almost the entire fourth set and trailed by as many as five points. The Wolves finished the match with a 9-2 run. Junior opposite Jonny Bowles contributed three kills and a block in that stretch. Bowles finished with a match-high 16 kills unoffically. Braxton Bradbeer and Mason Mullins added eight kills apiece. Mullins also checked in with four blocks.
"Jonny carried a huge load the first half of the season, but I feel like we're getting more balanced as we go, Robson said. "Mason was outstanding tonight and so was Braxton."
Perry's downfall, according to Pomerantz, was the second set.
"We were very undisciplined in that set and let them back in," Pomerantz said. "That allowed them to build momentum and they did. They have a very good player in (Bowles) and Braxton serving gave us trouble. This match was disappointing."
Blake Fillmore (13 kills) and Collin Hoag (12) paced Perry on the attack. Bryson Breinholt had 15 digs and Dallin Hawkins and Dallin Winward collected three blocks each. Transfer Mason Tyler, new to the lineup the last 10 days or so, had three aces.