The Riverside-Brookfield boys volleyball team closed out an excellent regular season campaign with a 25-13, 25-14 win over Nazareth on Thursday.

The victory meant much to the Bulldogs (25-10) on several levels, notably because it marked their 25th win to surpass the program’s previous high mark of 24 in 2007. The team also celebrated Senior Night, honoring its eight seniors with a meaningful nonconference win against its top area rival.

Riverside-Brookfield head coach Dan Bonarigo credited his Bulldogs with excellent serving and offensive teamwork as keys to their victory over the Roadrunners. Seniors Stephen McCroary (7 digs), Hrvoje Zolo (4 assists, 5 digs), Ben Bergstrom (5 kills, 4 aces), Trent Baer (team-high 6 kills) and Gordon Fieseler (4 kills, 3 digs) led RB. Alex Dziagwa had three kills and two blocks, while Joe Niemeic tallied four kills and two digs. Elliot Louthen paced the offense with 19 assists and six digs.

“We came out really well and kept it together the entire match,” Bonarigo said. “Sometimes this season we have come out strong in Game 1 and then maybe lose a little focus in the next one and end up playing three games. That wasn’t an issue against Nazareth.”

The Bulldogs also defeated Fenton 25-18, 25-22 last week as all 13 players contributed in the win. Bergstrom (9 kills) and Dziagwa (7 kills) led the Bulldogs, who finished 2-0 against the Bison this year. Niemeic recorded six kills and Louthen dished out 20 assists.

“Our eight seniors have really contributed a lot to the RB volleyball program,” Bonarigo said. “Elliot is a three-year starter and two-time captain. He has shown great leadership and work ethic. Ben and Gordon didn’t even play the outside hitter position last year, but they really stepped it up for us.”

Regional host RB opened the postseason by playing the winner of Harper vs. Englewood last night (after deadline) in a regional semifinal. Chicago Public League team Gage Park meets Curie in the other semifinal match. The semifinals winners advance to tonight’s 7 p.m. RB Regional championship game.

“Our guys will be ready to come out and play tough,” Bonarigo said. “We have a really great team in terms of understanding situations. When we are not playing well, we usually find a way to scratch out a win.