SOMERS, N.Y. – It was quite a week for Somers’ volleyball team.
After defeating Harrison on the road on Sept. 9, Somers welcomed the Clarkstown South Vikings on Sept. 11 and defeated them, 3-1: 22-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-16.
Julia Vitale had a big day distributing the ball, passing for 28 assists. Pooja Rao had 12 kills and 5 blocks to lead Somers up front. Delaney Killeen tallied 7 aces and Sabrina Somoza had 18 digs.
Somers 3, Rye 0
Friday, Sept. 13
The Tuskers defeated the visiting Rye Garnets in straight sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-20) on Sept. 13.
“We lost a little momentum in the third game and it looked like Rye was going to take the lead,” said Somers coach Kim Kelly. “The last thing we wanted was to give up a game that could swing the momentum their way for the next two games and then be caught battling it out in the fifth set. Fortunately, the team kept their energy levels high and the communication up. They were really firing on all cylinders which allowed us to finish the match on a high note.”
Rao (9 kills), Vitale (19 assists), Ashli Ginquitti (4 blocks) and Jen Acocella (7 aces, 7 digs) paced the team. Kelly said that Acocella was an “incredible leader on both offense and defense.”
Somers improved its record to 5-2.
“The wins last week will help us as we go into league play,” Kelly said. “Once again our league is very strong and we’ll need the confidence boost from these early wins to take us into the next few weeks.”
Girls Soccer (3-1-1)
Albertus Magnus 2, Somers 1 (OT)
Tuesday, Sept. 10
Somers took the lead with 10 minutes left in the second half on a goal by Victoria Righetti, but host Albertus Magnus answered three minutes later and then scored in overtime to pull out a 2-1 win over the Tuskers on Sept. 10.
Jessica Rodriguez assisted on Righetti’s goal. Rachel Ross had a busy day in net, making 9 saves.
“Playing Magnus was a great competition and to be honest we played with our hearts and didn’t stop till the end,” Rodriguez said. “We connected and communicated very well with one another. We had great possession as a whole but we just needed to finish the ball in the attacking half of the field.”
Somers 4, Lourdes 0
Saturday, Sept. 14
The Tuskers bounced back with a 4-0 win over visiting Our Lady of Lourdes on Sept. 14. They scored three goals in the first half.
“They came out strong and so did we,” Rodriguez said. “But we really came out focused and knew what we needed to get done and did so. Our connection with moving it from the defense to the offense was very good and then getting those crosses in were a huge factor for us being able to put them in the back of the net.”
Rodriguez tallied 2 goals like Ella Kittredge had 1 goal and 1 assist. Dahlia Pepe dished out 2 assists. Megan Dineen scored 1 goal. Alexa Vanga had 1 assist while Ross made 4 saves.
Somers 0, Greeley 0
Monday, Sept. 16
Ross made 10 saves in a 0-0 tie with host Horace Greeley on Sept. 16. Greeley goalie Ellie Handwerger stopped 13 Tusker shots.
Rodriguez said the Tuskers need to just focus on one game at a time.
“We know what we are capable of doing,” she said. “As long as we come out strong every game and have the positive mindset for the game and one another, we will surely put ourselves in a good position come sectional time. We are a family and we are lucky to be so close to one another and have the team bonding that every team needs. We wear the quote, ‘Deliver more than expected’ because we strive to achieve it every time we step on the field to show what we are capable of.”
Boys Soccer (4-1)
Byram Hills 4, Somers 3
Wednesday, Sept. 11
After a scoreless first half, Byram Hills erupted for four straight goals to take a commanding lead against defending Section 1 Class A champion Somers on Sept. 11.
The Tuskers never gave up, rallying for three goals but couldn’t find the equalizer in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Bobcats.
Drew Lasher scored all three goals to get Somers back in it. His first tally came with 15:18 left to play and he scored his final goal with just over a minute left.
Declan Foley made 4 saves in net.
Somers 3, Beacon 2
Saturday, Sept. 14
Somers rebounded with a 3-2 win over visiting Beacon on Sept. 14. Bennett Leitner scored the game-winner when Lasher (2G, 1A) found him right in front with 6:52 to play.
Lasher gave Somers the early lead but Beacon responded with a goal to send the game into halftime tied at 1-1.
Sean Dickson lofted a pass into the box, it deflected off Beacon’s goalie and Lasher pounced on the rebound 10 minutes into the second half. But the Bulldogs answered again to tie the game.
At the Warwick Valley Big Purple Wave Mania meet, Somers’ boys team placed fourth in Division 2.
Leading the way were Matt Reimann (19th, 17:04.2), Nicola DeMarinis (20th, 17:10.1), Colin Brooks (23rd, 17:12.5) and Peter MacNeil (31st, 17:20.6).
The girls’ team was paced by Gabby Parisi (41st, 22:24.6), Ella Lansky (43rd, 22:28) and Jordan Han (49th).