SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Since suffering a 2-1 (25-19, 23-25, 11-25) loss to Johnson on Sept. 16, the Dayton girls volleyball team had been on a tear, winning six straight matches until Thursday's game.
Today, the rematch occurs, with a charitable cause at the center of attention.
In a key tilt, the team will be hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally match against Johnson to support Breast Cancer. First serve is set for 5:00 p.m., while the junior varsity team will play prior at 4:00 p.m. There will be serving contests, a guess how many jellybeans in the jar contest and other activities surrounding the evening with all proceeds donated to the SideOut Foundation.
Dayton (9-2), who saw its six-match win streak snapped Thursday, is coming off a 2-0 (10-25, 16-25) home loss over Linden.
Senior libero Jocelyn Duallo had two kills, four service points and an ace, sophomore opposite and co-captain Kennedy Kwinta had two kills with a service point and freshman middle blocker Samantha Janker posted two kills with two digs and a service point for the Bulldogs in the loss.
Linden (8-5) has won four straight and six of its last seven matches.
“I don't think they were looking ahead. Linden is a good team and played extremely well," said Dayton first-year head coach Mike O’Brien. "We were missing our captain today and so I moved some of the girls to other spots, so I think they did lose a little focus and just overall had a bad day.
“We made mistakes, like missing some serves that usually do not happen and a lot of the communication was not there today. We talked about it after and just need to re-focus and go back at it tomorrow. They are excited for the rematch tomorrow.”
Up next for the Bulldogs is a road match against Roselle Park on Monday at 4:00 p.m. and then a return home for Senior Night occurs Wednesday versus Hillside, with first serve set for 5:00 p.m.