Entering Monday night's match without a victory yet on this young season, William Tennent wanted to come out with a spark, gain some early momentum and get that first tally in the win column for 2014.
A run which saw the Panthers rip off 10 consecutive points early in the first set was certainly the start that Tennent was looking for.
Thanks to strong net play from the likes of Jake Milnazik, Kyle Lewicki and Tom Del Conte, the Panthers were able to easily get past Central Bucks East, winning in three sets in a non-conference battle between Suburban One teams at William Tennent High School.
After winning the first set, 25-12, the Panthers went on to complete the sweep with a 25-18 win in Set 2 and finally a 25-23 match-clinching victory in the third set.
"We started the season off with a couple of tough teams and we were upset with those losses, so we wanted to bounce back,' Tennent coach James Creighton said. "We have a long week this week as well, but we're just looking forward to getting back in the win column. We try to get those service runs as early as possible. It makes it a lot easier to play with the lead than from behind.'
After a convincing first set victory, the Panthers were tested a bit more by the winless Patriots (0-4), who kept things close midway through the second set. But the Panthers, who led 14-13, went on to tally six consecutive points, going up 20-14 before eventually closing things out with the 25-18 win.
Nick Mackell did a solid job at the serving position in Set 2, helping the Panthers to go up comfortably, 2-0.
In the third set, the Panthers (1-2, 0-0) yet again went on top early, and led the whole way. By the end of the match, Tennent had only allowed CB East to gain leads of no more than one point — all of which came in the final set. After trailing 17-16, the Panthers went on top 19-17 and eventually finished things off to end the match and earn the sweep.
"It's definitely a good win, especially with a non-league game for districts and seeding,' Tennent senior Dillon Cooney said. "We started off with two tough matches with Pennsbury and Neshaminy, so it was great to get the first win and we can build off of this. Getting an early lead was good encouragement and helped us to be confident going through the last two games.'
Cooney, the Panthers' libero, led with 25 digs. Milnazik added 10 kills and one ace, Del Conte finished with two kills and two blocks and Lewicki led Tennent with 25 assists. Mackell added one ace and three kills.
"We've been working with the guys and we're still working with the net guys,' Creighton said. "As underclassmen, they're still getting up to speed in certain areas, but they're coming along very well.'
Tennent will get right back to action on Wednesday for a home match with Archbishop Wood in yet another non-conference meeting.