MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac volleyball thought the road would get somewhat easier after dropping their season opener to Ossining last week.
Instead, the Indians’ struggles have continued into week two, with the ‘Pac falling to Scarsdale, 3-2, on Sept. 11; going down in straight sets two days later to Greeley; and then dropping a big match Monday (Sept. 16) at home to tough North Rockland in three sets.
“I wasn’t expecting to be undefeated through four matches, but I do think there were a couple in there we should have won,” said coach Jay Melville. “I am a little surprised we don’t have a win yet, but we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot with errors in every match.”
Melville said the Indians put a lot of pressure on themselves to try to improve on last year’s team.
“So, trying to match the success of last year may be off the table,” he said. “Maybe that takes a little bit of the pressure off.
“Our defense is solid,” Melville added. “But our net play has been shaky. Right now we’re working on picking up our level of play. It’s a matter of everything coming together at the same time.”
Monday against North Rockland (5-1), the Raiders never let Mahopac get into a rhythm, winning 25-18, 25-23, 25-17.
Bella Marinelli had 10 kills and 4 blocks for Mahopac, Gabriella Rocchio had 16 digs, and Colleen Kelly came up with 20 assists and 12 digs.
“I challenged our net players, and they really came through and stepped up today,” Melville said after the match. “That was nice to see. We had more touches and blocks at the net today than we had in the prior three matches combined. And our hitting was better.
“We had better team play tonight,” Melville added. “Colleen really stepped up, she picked up her level of play, and everyone in the front row contributed well.”
The prior Friday at Greeley, Rocchio came up with 19 digs, but overall, things did not go well for the Indians.
“It was a horror show,” Melville said bluntly. “We were given opportunity after opportunity, and we never put the ball on the floor. Our passing was good, but we were very inconsistent, and couldn’t put anything together on offense.”
The prior Wednesday at home vs. Scarsdale, the Indians took it to five sets, but couldn’t pull out the last one, falling 25-22.
“Again we were inconsistent,” Melville said. “We started weak, and got beaten down in game one. We were good in game two, but then very slow again in game three.”
Mahopac was set to face John Jay (East Fishkill) Thursday (Sept. 19) at 4:30 p.m., and the team plays at the John Jay (Cross River) tournament Saturday.