SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Host Lakeland beat Yorktown 3-2 (18-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22) on Sept. 28 in a volleyball thriller.
“Tonight’s win meant so much for our team and it was such a great confidence builder for us because Yorktown has always been a great team and a difficult team for us to beat,” Lakeland freshman Emily Kubicsko said. “Every person on our court contributes to the game in their own way and it really is a team effort and it continues to grow with each game we play.”
Kubicsko (14 kills, 18 assists, 5 aces) stood out for Lakeland.
“Emily played as well as she did because our team was cheering her on and she knew this game was very important to us,” Lakeland junior captain Anna Tomasini said. “She always plays her hardest and never gives up on the ball. Her performance was one of the main reasons we won because she was able to get almost every second ball and set the ball perfectly to our hitters. At the end she had some clutch serves that gave us a huge lead and without those serves we may have not come up on top.”
Tomasini (9 kills) and Victoria Tsui (19 assists, 4 aces) also excelled for Lakeland.
“After trailing two sets to one, our team really stepped up their game because we all really wanted this win,” Kubicsko said. “Our defense made the good passes that allowed Victoria and me to make the good sets which led our hitters to score points. We all just really played together as a team and our teammates on the sidelines cheered us on and gave us the encouraging motivation to pull off the win. It was a great night of volleyball for Lakeland and one we will all remember with a smile.”
Kayla Knoesel (18 kills, 8 aces, 24 digs), Amanda Rolle (22 assists, 10 digs), Stephanie White and Nicole Rabadi (10 kills each) played well for Yorktown.
Lakeland fell at Somers 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) on Sept. 27, led by Tomasini (14 kills) and Kubicsko (15 assists, 5 kills).
Lakeland beat Brewster 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-12) on Sept. 25.
Kubicsko (7 aces, 8 assists), Tsui (5 aces, 5 assists) and Jess Grosso (6 kills) paced Lakeland (6-2).
“Victoria has contributed to this team with her strong, consistent serves and great sets which allowed me to be able to have strong hits,” Kubicsko said. “Jess really played well tonight by being able to have strong hits and placing the ball in empty spots.”
Yorktown fell to defending Section 1 Class AA champion Ossining 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 14-25, 13-25) on Sept. 27, led by Knoesel (7 kills, 1 ace, 7 digs, 4 blocks) and Macey Drezek (4 kills, 12 assists, 2 aces, 25 digs, 1 block).
Yorktown (2-7) won at Haldane 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-12) on Sept. 25.
“Our defense was phenomenal tonight, which is something we have been struggling with all year, and defense wins games,” said Drezek, a senior captain. “The communication and energy on the court was also significantly better than how it has been so far this season, and I’m hoping we all learn from this success tonight and carry into our upcoming games.”
Drezek (17 assists, 12 digs), Knoesel (11 kills, 11 digs), Ryan Geary and Rabadi all played well against Ossining.
“Our middle hitter Ryan Geary works extremely hard and I can see it’s paying it off in games,” Drezek said. “She’s so passionate about the game and not only was she great again tonight, she’s really turned into a key player on the court this year and I’m so proud of her. Outside hitter Nicole Rabadi also had outstanding serves and got kills at crucial times tonight.”
Jackie Knoesel also stood out against Haldane with a team-high 14 digs.