MAHOPAC, N.Y. – No one expected it to take so long, but Mahopac volleyball avoided an 0-5 start by picking up their first win of the season last week, topping Roy C. Ketcham, 3-0, on Sept. 17. Mahopac also dropped a 3-2 league match to John Jay last Thursday (Sept. 19), and closed the week at 1-5.

The Indians played at the John Jay (Cross River) tournament last Saturday (Sept. 21), and placed 10th in the 20-team field.

“The girls played well” in the tournament, said coach Jay Melville. “Our season so far has been ups and downs, so to reach the silver (bracket) finals in that tournament was a nice accomplishment. And Gabriella Rocchio was named All-Tournament, so I think it was a successful day for us.”

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Two days earlier, Mahopac hosted John Jay (3-5) in a tight one. After losing a close first set (25-23), the Indians rallied back to take games two (25-21) and three (25-22). But Jay prevailed in the fourth (27-25) and final (25-13) to take the match.

Senior Bella Marinelli had 14 kills, Diana Kone had 12, and Caroline Feeley had 10 for Mahopac. Gabriella Rocchio came up with 31 digs, Jenna Palmiero had 23, and Colleen Kelly had 16.

“We handed that match to John Jay,” Melville said. “We were up in game four, and starting to pull away. Then we miss a serve, one gets blocked, we have a bad serve receive, and then it’s tied—off of our mistakes.

“But Gabby played a great match, and Bella and Diana and Caroline all were solid up there, leading the team in kills,” Melville added.

The prior Tuesday at Ketcham (3-4), the ‘Pac took care of business, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17.

Kone led with 10 kills, Marinelli added nine, Kelly and Caroline Link each had three aces, Palmiero had 12 digs, and Kelly had nine, to go with 24 assists.

“I think we did play well,” Melville said. “It can sometimes be tough to focus against a weaker team, but I think we stayed focused and played well.”

Mahopac was set to visit Arlington on Sept. 23, and the Indians are at Pelham Memorial Friday (Sept. 27) at 4:30 p.m.