Lakeland Defeats Yorktown on Court

Lakeland’s Emily Kubicsko spikes from the corner of the net. Credits: Deena Bell

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.

Sign Up for E-News

“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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News


Vote Yes for the Constitutional Convention

I know I am right when I see who disagrees with me. The only reasons I have seen or read or heard against a New York Constitutional Convention are based on fear. Who is it that is afraid?  Public sector unions and elected officials—the two biggest groups that have something to fear from the people.

Public sector unions have had one hell of a gravy train at our expense for decades.

Gilbert Pledges to End Partisan Politics

In my effort to highlight the thoughts and comments of every candidate for town board and supervisor, I present for your consideration my recent talk with former Yorktown town justice Ilan Gilbert.

Bipartisan co-operation has taken a beating in the last several years. Is there anything in your background that would lead us to believe that you can bridge the immense partisan divide?

I began ...

Sleep Much?

Are you one of those folks who tells people that you can get by with sleeping, say, a mere four hours a night? I’ve always envied people like that.

I’m the south to their north—a polar opposite. I need double that amount of sleep. I’ve always assumed—or maybe once was told—that it is due to my slow metabolism. Or maybe I’m just boringly normal ...

Don’t Call Me... I’ll Call You

“Hello, hello,” I said, picking up the phone when I saw my husband’s number come up on my Caller ID.


“Hellllloooooooooo?” I said louder.

“Can I have a tall, decaf, skim mocha Frappucino,” I heard my husband say. It sounded like he wasn’t talking directly into his phone, but rather from a galaxy far, far ...

Combating Stress Levels at Home

Dear Dr. Linda,

We have a daughter in 11th grade and a son in 8th. We met with their teachers at an open house and were told that they’re both great kids and are doing well. Of course, we didn’t get any more detail because it was Parent Open School Night. When we drove home, I told my husband that I don’t think they’re doing great. Intellectually, yes, but not ...

Sign the Pledge

October 11, 2017

Last week, the Ethics and Transparency Committee of Yorktown Together issued a call for all six candidates for election to the town board in Yorktown to take an ethics pledge. This pledge has 10 points that are a bedrock of good government in Yorktown.

Unfortunately, this pledge has become necessary because of issues in current town government, including what we believe are ethical lapses, a ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak

Performance: Haunted History of Westchester

Community Calendar

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

NY Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor

Book Club for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Fri, October 20, 1:00 PM

363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights

Senior Advisory Committee Meeting

Community Calendar

Helping English Language Learning Students Who Are Learning Disabled

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their ...

TAPinto Touts Traffic and Revenue Growth While Celebrating Ninth Birthday at Franchisee Meeting

October 17, 2017 celebrated its ninth birthday on Monday, Oct. 2, at its franchisee meeting held at the Grand Summit Hotel, in Summit, NJ. 

What began in 2008 as an all-online local newspaper in New Providence founded by Michael Shapiro and his wife, Lauryn, is now the dominant player in local news, with more than 65 TAPinto sites providing original local reporting every day in more ...