ARLINGTON, N.Y. – Mahopac volleyball played well, but wasn’t able to hang with Arlington in a 3-1 loss to the Admirals last Wednesday (Oc. 30) in a Class AA quarterfinal playoff matchup at Arlington High School.
The Admirals, the No. 3 seed, won the first two close games, 25-23, 25-22. No. 11 Mahopac won the third, 25-20, but the host finished things off in the fourth game with a 25-19 win.
The Indians, who were plagued by inconsistency this season, but played well down the stretch, closed the season at 8-11.
“I thought we played well overall, one of our better matches of the season,” said Indians coach Jay Melville. “We lost twice to them during the season (in straight sets), so we did get a game. And we were up 21-18 in the first. We had some good rallies that we didn’t win, and we ended up dropping the game.
“We made a nice run in the second,” Melville added. “In game three we went up nicely to start, and were able to hold on. And game four was also close, but they won a couple of points at the end to take the game and match. I thought we competed with them much better than we did earlier. I was very happy with our level of play. We fought back, and didn’t collapse.”
Bella Marinelli had 11 kills, Diana Kone added seven, and Colleen Kelly had 23 assists for Mahopac. Gabriella Rocchio had 31 digs, and Jenna Palmiero had 20.
“All of the girls were really consistent,” Melville said. “Our defense was phenomenal. Gabby and Jenna with all those digs were big, and our defense was good as a team. Everyone in the back row played really well.
“Our hitting struggled a bit, we had a hard time killing the ball,” the coach added. “But Arlington is a tall team, and they blocked very well against us. Bella and Diana both did very well.”