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Edison Boys Volleyball Starts Season With Historic Six-Win Streak
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SELENA LUONG ’26
Adrian Zapala ’24 and Brady Boslet ’24 rise up for the block against an incoming attack by a hitter from the Old Bridge Knights.

For the first time in Edison’s program history, the boys varsity team has started its season with six consecutive wins. The Eagle boys have dominated the season so far with pivotal contributions from both the underclassmen and the upperclassmen. They stand first in the White Division, looking to continue their dominant run against other teams.

On April 1, against Iselin Kennedy, Edison opened up their season with a dominant win. The Eagles finished with a clean sweep, securing a 2–0 victory.

In the first set of the match, the Eagles won with a final score of 25–22. The Eagles followed up with a 25–21 victory in the next set, rounding out the game with a straightforward victory.

Brady Boslet ‘24 was named the match’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). He played skillfully throughout the game, filling up the stat sheet with eleven service points, two aces, a team-high of ten digs, and five kills. Kanishk Ragimanu ‘25, a standout outside hitter on the team, also had an outstanding game, getting two aces, eleven service points, five kills, and two digs. Gavin Garcia ‘25, a setter, laid consistent sets en route to getting a team-high seventeen assists. Moreover, Mohammad Haady ‘24 recorded a team-high of seven kills, leading Edison’s attacks to victory.

Following this victory, momentum and confidence began to build up within the Eagles. On April 3, Edison played Woodbridge, ending up narrowly securing the victory, winning 2–1.

After losing a hard-fought first set 25–27, the Eagles looked to bounce back and find their rhythm once again. The Eagles ultimately won the game, winning the following two sets with a score of 25–17. Boslet was again named MVP with a game-high of five blocks, a team-high of eight kills, and a team-high of ten digs. Garcia also had a standout performance, with a career-high of 28 assists and twelve service points.

Now that we are turning heads in the state after taking down J.P Stevens, Piscataway, and 2023 Group 2 defending state champs St. Joes Metuchen, the hard work makes it all worth it.

— Mr. Jason Wernlund

The Eagles dominated all aspects of the match-up against Woodbridge, accumulating 29 assists compared to Woodbridge’s twenty, 38 service points compared to Woodbridge’s 27, and 31 kills compared to Woodbridge’s 24. This dominance in all facets of the match led the Eagles to prevail, picking up their second straight victory to start the season.

On April 5, the Eagles proceeded to play their third game of the season against North Brunswick, who were looking to pick up their first win of the season following an 0–2 start. The Eagles handily defeated North Brunswick, winning 25–20 in the first set. The Eagles finished the game with a controlling finish in the second set with a final score of 25–14.

For the third game in a row, Boslet was named the MVP of the match. Boslet led the way, picking up a game-high of three blocks and a team-high of three aces, along with two kills, five digs, and seven service points. Haady had a team-high of five kills, displaying his ability to attack as required to attain victory on the court. The Eagles’ victory was due to one crucial factor which was their dominance with regards to digs; they had 23 digs, more than double of North Brunswick’s eleven digs.

Morale was up for the Eagles as they had started the season with a dominating three-game winning streak. Their next game was scheduled to take place on April 8 against their archrival J.P. Stevens. Ultimately, the Eagles came out on top, narrowly winning the game two sets to one. Despite a tough 25–19 loss in the first set, the Eagles recovered efficiently to win the following two sets. The second set featured the Eagles winning 25–18, followed by their victory in the third set with a final score reading 25–21.

Ajit Sivakumar ’25 sets the ball to launch a counterattack against Old Bridge. (SELENA LUONG ’26)

Ajit Sivakumar ‘25 was named MVP for the game, as he dominated with eight kills, seven digs, six service points, and an ace. Garcia also had a fantastic game, acquiring a game-high 27 assists along with eight digs and five service points. Ragimanu had a game-high nine kills along with six digs, contributing majorly to Edison’s victory over JP Stevens.

After defeating their crosstown rivals, the Eagles anticipated their next bout: the “The Battle of the White Division” against Piscataway. Both teams held an undefeated record of 4–0 and led the White Division, and the winning team would claim the sole top spot for the White Division, making it an essential win for both teams. The Eagles ended up victorious, winning 25–17 in the first set, followed by a more narrow 25–23 victory in the second set.

Ragimanu ended up getting MVP, accumulating seven kills, nine digs, four service points, and two aces, greatly helping the Eagles win points in pivotal moments. Kirtan Amin ‘25 achieved a game-high of fifteen digs, greatly contributing to Edison’s counterattack against Piscataway. Boslet chipped in with eight kills and eight digs, serving as a valuable player to the crucial game. Key to the victory for Edison was gathering 42 digs compared to just thirty for Piscataway.

Afterwards, The Eagles were scheduled to match up with West Windsor-Plainsboro North on April 12. Looking to continue their perfect run, the Eagles were set on winning the game and executed well. The Eagles won the game two sets to one, winning 25–16 in the first set and 25–19 in the second. Garcia was named MVP for the game, he had a great performance in the match-up, picking up eight digs, one kill, seventeen assists, and four service points. Boslet added seven kills, one block, six digs, and four service points. Sivakumar also played a big role in Edison’s win over North, accumulating six kills, five digs, one assist, four service points, and one dig. The difference between Edison’s and North’s gameplay was the service points scored between both sides; Edison scored 25 compared to the one service point scored by North, leading them to take the win in the end.

I think we as a team improved a lot from the beginning of the season and we’re proving that on the court every game we play. We plan on carrying the momentum to the end of the season.

— Abhiram Vemula '26

Head Coach Mr. Jason Wernlund describes the season so far to be “amazing”, and he credits the players’ hard work, coachability, and love of the sport to the dominating run and success achieved on the court. Wernlund feels that the team has proven their true capabilities by taking down J.P Stevens, Piscataway, and St. Joes Metuchen.

“Now that we are turning heads in the state after taking down J.P Stevens, Piscataway, and 2023 Group 2 defending state champs St. Joes Metuchen, the hard work makes it all worth it,” said Wernlund. He believes that the dedicated mentality and attitude of the players is what produces the best results, allowing the players to have fun on the court while playing their hardest.

“I think we as a team improved a lot from the beginning of the season and we’re proving that on the court every game we play,” said Abhiram Vemula ‘26, a middle blocker for the boys volleyball team. “We plan on carrying the momentum to the end of the season.”

Following this opening victory streak, the Eagles have continued their momentum, currently standing at a record of 10–1. Edison currently stands as the top seed of the White Division in the GMC. The Eagles look forward to continuing to progress in their next matches in order to maintain their position in the White Division.

Season statistics are available on NJ.com.

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