VALHALLA, N.Y. – No. 4 North Salem’s playoff run came to an end on Thursday, Oct. 31, when they lost in straight sets on the road at No. 1 Valhalla (25-19, 25-9, 25-12).

Two days earlier, the Tigers (8-13) opened the Section 1 Class C tournament by defeating No. 5 Alexander Hamilton (25-16, 25-20, 25-12) at home.

Leading the way in the win over Hamilton were Emily Dreyer (7 kills, 3 aces), Chloe Fogle (6 kills, 4 aces), Joan Herlihy (12 aces) and Juliana Dutt (16 assists).

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Joan Herlihy, a co-captain, called the season a “huge success.”

“This is the best record we have had in a long time and it was also one of the hardest schedules we’ve had,” Herlihy said.

She is also proud of what her team accomplished off the court in raising nearly $10,000 for the Side-Out Foundation, a breast cancer charity.

Reflecting on her varsity career, Herlihy said she will miss competing with her teammates.

“For the past four years, I have created friendships and memories I will never forget,” Herlihy said. “I hope that the underclassmen will continue to have as much fun as I did!”

Coach John Veteri said he was proud of his team’s performance, saying it’s been a long time since North Salem hosted a home playoff game.

“This is definitely the most successful season that we’ve had in a really long time,” Veteri said.