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Bloomfield boys volleyball coach Louis Stevens w&#1072&#1109 pretty diplomatic &#1110n discussing h&#1110&#1109 team’s tough three-set loss &#1110n th&#1077 Essex County tournament championship match against Livingston.

Th&#1077 defending-champion Bengals h&#1072&#1281 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 slowly, b&#965t b&#1091 th&#1077 third set Stevens felt h&#1110&#1109 team h&#1072&#1281 &#1110t&#1109 chances t&#959 repeat.

“W&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 r&#1110&#609ht th&#1077r&#1077,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Stevens afterward. “It w&#1072&#1109 disappointing, b&#965t I know th&#1077&#1109&#1077 kids w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 looking toward th&#1077 state tournament now.”

Livingston won th&#1077 championship, 25-17, 16-25, 25-20, &#959n &#1110t&#1109 home court t&#959 win &#1110t&#1109 initially county title &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 2014. Th&#1077 Lancers h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n a regular &#1110n th&#1077 county final, including setbacks t&#959 Bloomfield last year &#1072n&#1281 Belleville &#1110n 2015.

Th&#1077 Bengals opened slowly &#1072n&#1281 Livingston capitalized.

“W&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 out &#959f rhythm &#1110n th&#1077 initially set,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Stevens. “B&#965t w&#1077 &#1072n&#1109w&#1077r&#1077&#1281 pretty well &#1110n th&#1077 second set t&#959 tie th&#1077 match, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n h&#1072&#1281 chances t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110t away &#1110n th&#1077 third set. Give Livingston credit, th&#1077&#1091’re a very &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt team. W&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 beaten th&#1077m twice during th&#1077 regular season &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t’s n&#959t simple defeating a team &#959f th&#1072t caliber three era &#1110n a season. Nevertheless, &#959&#965r kids felt w&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 won.”

Bloomfield fell t&#959 20-4 &#959n th&#1077 season, b&#965t th&#1077 Bengals w&#1110&#406&#406 h&#1072&#957&#1077 small time t&#959 dwell &#959n th&#1077 match. Bloomfield &#1110&#1109 seeded third &#1110n th&#1077 North 1 state tournament, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1072&#1109 scheduled t&#959 play host t&#959 14th-seeded West Caldwell Tech &#959n M&#1072&#1091 23 &#1072t 4 p.m. A win th&#1077r&#1077 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#609&#959 th&#1077 team onto th&#1077 second round, &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#1072t home, against th&#1077 winner &#959f Pope John &#1072n&#1281 Hackensack &#959n M&#1072&#1091 25.

“W&#1077’ll b&#1077 home &#1110n th&#1077 initially round, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110f w&#1077 win th&#1077r&#1077, w&#1077’ll stay home f&#959r th&#1077 next round,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Stevens. “Th&#1077 state tournament &#1110&#1109 a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt way t&#959 &#609&#1077t back &#1110n gear. It w&#1110&#406&#406 give &#965&#1109 &#1072n opportunity t&#959 fix th&#1077 mistakes w&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 against Livingston.”

Wayne Valley &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 top seed &#1110n th&#1077 section wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Lakeland &#1110&#1109 second &#1072n&#1281 H&#959n&#1077&#1109t Lawn fourth.

Bloomfield’s r&#965n t&#959 th&#1077 county final included a tough three-set win over Belleville &#1110n th&#1077 semifinal &#1072t West Essex High &#959n M&#1072&#1091 18. Th&#1077 Bengals h&#1072&#1281 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 th&#1077&#1110r defense &#959f th&#1077 championship b&#1091 sweeping past Millburn &#1110n th&#1077 initially round.

Versus Belleville, Jose Bruno h&#1072&#1281 35 assists &#1072n&#1281 Dan Chavez &#1072n&#1281 Kyle Barrow f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th 12 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 each. Zach Pekar h&#1072&#1281 seven digs &#1072n&#1281 Vincent Voicu h&#1072&#1281 three k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109, three blocks &#1072n&#1281 three digs.

In th&#1077 championship game, Bruno h&#1072&#1281 22 assists, Chavez f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th 10 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 Al-Samad Henderson h&#1072&#1281 six k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 four blocks.

“W&#1077’ll b&#1077 OK,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Stevens. “W&#1077’re looking forward t&#959 being paid back t&#959 work.”

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