SOMERS, N.Y.— The Somers varsity volleyball team came out flying for a fast start as the Tuskers hosted Lakeland on Thursday, Oct. 6.
The Tuskers were well rested as it was their only game of the week, and they jumped all over the Hornets to take the first game by a score of 25-12.
Somers kept rolling right along in the second game as the Tuskers jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. The Tuskers closed it out in three-straight games for a 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 victory over the Hornets.
“The team was collectively playing its best, everybody was doing their job with great energy,” senior captain Alexa Hoffman said. “Whenever Lakeland would gain a couple of points on us, we knew what we had to do and we would get it back calmly. Overall our team energy was spot on and it was fun and a well-needed win.”
Hoffman did her part as she led the way at the net with six kills.
Haley Paiva and Liz Spencer each had seven assists for the Tuskers. Alysaa Klee had four aces and four blocks, and Madison Andriano had seven digs.
Everybody got in on the action for the Tuskers as they dominated from start to finish.
The Tuskers were really on fire from the first game into the second as Vicky Levy served up seven-straight service points to start the game and they opened up a 17-7 lead before Lakeland called a timeout.
The Hornets tried to respond and cut the lead down to 19-14, but every time Lakeland tried to make a run to get back in the match, the Tuskers would answer back to keep hold of the momentum.
It was the same story in the third game as Somers jumped out to a 15-6 lead. Lakeland fought back to cut the lead down to two points at 16-12. The two teams went back and forth with the Tuskers clinging to an 18-16 and 20-18 lead before they closed it out at 25-19.
This was a team win as the Tuskers had just about everyone rotate onto the court to help pull out the win. They got the job done with limited mistakes.
“Our serving was amazing and our defense as well,” Hoffman said. “Because of our overall clean play, we were able to run some plays on offense.”
Somers coach Kim Kelly agreed with Hoffman that this was a team win as the Tuskers played well in all aspects.
“It was a great match and we played very well,” Kelly said. “The team played very well and executed our game strategy in an impressive manner. We are energized and motivated to take on Kennedy and Brewster this week.”
The Tuskers and Gaels will square off for town of Somers bragging rights on Thursday, Oct. 13, followed by a home game for the Tuskers against Brewster on Friday, Oct. 14. Somers then hosts Peekskill on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.