MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac volleyball closed the regular season last week with losses to Arlington and Yorktown, and a straight-set win over Carmel, as the team prepared for the upcoming playoff tournament.
The Indians, which closed the season at 7-10 overall, drew the No. 11 seed in the Class AA tournament, and are scheduled to travel to face No. 6 Scarsdale Friday (Oct. 25) in a first-round game. Quarterfinals are set for Tuesday (Oct. 29).
Though the Indians have been inconsistent this season, coach Jay Melville said his team has shown improvement in recent weeks, and is hoping the team can carry momentum into the playoffs.
“We’ve been playing better the last few weeks,” Melville said. “Our consistency has been better than earlier in the season. We’re still not where we need to be, but if we can keep cutting down on errors in every game, I think we can compete in every match.”
Mahopac faced two strong teams last week, in Yorktown (Oct. 18) and Arlington (Oct. 15), and lost both in straight sets.
“I thought we had a chance to win the Yorktown match, but the things that have haunted us all season (unforced errors) were a problem,” Melville said. “And I thought the Arlington match was winnable, but a lot of little errors hurt us, and those give Arlington points that made the difference.”
They played again Saturday (Oct. 19) at Carmel, and the Indians won, 25-9, 25-10, 25-9, over the 1-19 Rams.
Caroline Link had 8 digs, Diana Kone had 6 kills and 7 aces, and Mia DelBene and Colleen Kelly each had 10 assists.
“The girls played well,” Melville said. “We came out and took care of business against a weaker team.”