SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Senior outside hitter and co-captain Rianna Cordeiro had four kills and sophomore opposite and co-captain Kennedy Kwinta added three to lead Dayton to a 2-0 (25-22, 25-19) season-opening victory at home over Plainfield Monday.
Freshman middle blocker Samantha Janker and senior outside hitter Casey Janker each added two kills apiece and senior setter Becca Smith recorded five aces for Dayton (1-0). This was the first win for first-year head coach Mike O’Brien.
Plainfield fell to 1-1.
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O’Brien comes over as an assistant coach from Watchung Hills, coaching girls and boys volleyball, along with ice hockey, during the span between 2006-17. O’Brien has been at Dayton for the past three years as a special education teacher and has served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs’ ice hockey team with this season, being his third year on staff.
This is his first head coaching job.
“I was extremely happy getting that first win to start the season. The seniors who have been with the program have always started their years with losses, so it was important for the girls confidence to get the win,” said O’Brien. “In the first game, we were up by 10 with game points and then gave up eight straight service points and the score was quickly 24-22, but we came out with the first game win. This year, I have pushed communication and trusting each other. They are working well together as a team.”
The Bulldogs (1-0) continue the week with an away match at Roselle Today with first serve set for 4:00 p.m. and come back home Friday against Benedictine, also a 4:00 p.m. start.
“Rianna [Cordeiro] and Kennedy [Kwinta] have been great about keeping the team together on and off the court. Their goal is to get a banner on the wall of the main gym this year and have a winning season,” said O’Brien. “They are a great group, who are working hard towards their goals for the season. I expect with their work ethic and determination they will meet these goals.”