Bouncing Back: Mahopac Tops John Jay-EF

Credits: Deena Bell

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac’s volleyball team suffered its first league loss last week when it fell to host Arlington, but the Indians didn’t take long to respond, bouncing back with a five-set league win over visiting John Jay-East Fishkill.

The Indians dropped the first set to the Patriots, 25-20, but rebounded by winning the second and third sets; 25-19, 25-12. They fell 26-24 in an exciting fourth set but responded by winning decisively, 25-16, in the final set on Oct. 13.

“I felt that the John Jay match was a match we would win if we played solid volleyball,” Mahopac coach Jay Melville said. “We had some moments in the games we dropped where we stopped playing hard and let John Jay go on a run. Once we settled back in and refocused we played well. The key to pulling out the fifth set was staying focused and playing each point like it was match point. We did not have any mental lapses and we kept the other team from going on any scoring runs.”

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Carah Vitkus had a huge game up front with 22 kills. She added six blocks, eight assists and nine digs.

Claire Felix (seven kills, 14 digs), Alexa O’Leary (five kills, four aces, six digs), Francesca Cammarata (14 assists, four aces, nine digs), Bella Marinelli (four blocks), Ashley Hickey (three blocks), Dorinda Murray (three blocks) and Gabby Rocchio (nine digs) also contributed.

The Indians won the first two sets 25-20, 25-13, in their loss to Arlington on Oct. 11. They dropped the final three sets 25-12, 25-15, 25-19.

“Hopefully the team learned that they cannot drop their level of play against any team,” Melville said. “It has been a problem throughout the season that when we get a big lead in a game or win a game that the team will drop their level of play. It is almost as if they expect the other team to stop trying because they are down. It has cost us a few games and a couple of matches during the season.”

Vitkus (16 kills, 14 assists, three aces, two blocks, seven digs), Felix (11 kills, eight digs), Julia Dodd (eight kills, five aces, six digs), Cammarata (19 assists, eight digs) and Ashley Hickey (six digs) helped fill up the stat sheet.

Mahopac (9-4) was scheduled to travel to rival Carmel on Oct. 17, then hosted North Rockland the next day. Today the Indians close out their league slate when they host Roy C. Ketcham at 6 p.m.  If Mahopac wins its final two league games with Carmel and Ketcham, it is guaranteed at least a share of the league title with Arlington.

The Indians finish up the regular season by traveling to Walter Panas for a 6 p.m. game on Oct. 23.

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