YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown hosted its 41st annual volleyball tournament on Sept. 17, coming in second to Ursuline, led by all-tourney players Macey Drezek, Toni Fiore and Michelle Seger.
The Huskers won at Scarsdale 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18) on Sept. 16 with Seger (25 digs), Fiore (16 kills, 6 aces) and Drezek (32 assists) standing out.
Yorktown rallied after the first set to win at Arlington 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-11, 25-20) on Sept. 14.
“Before the second set started, we all got together and discussed what we could do to make improvements,” Fiore said. “We started communicating, encouraging each other more and played as a unit.”
Fiore (13 kills, 7 blocks), Seger (30 digs), Grace Meara (11 kills, 3 aces) and Drezek (30 assists) ignited Yorktown to the win.
“We stayed focused and remained positive throughout the game,” Fiore said.
Yorktown faced the stiffest test a team can have in Section 1 and maybe the state this fall when it hosted Walter Panas, last year’s Class A state finalist, on Sept. 12.
The Huskers (4-1) went all out against the juggernaut Panthers but fell 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-21) in a rematch of last year’s sectional title game.
Drezek (12 assists, 6 digs), Seger (8 digs) and Fiore (6 kills), helped lead Yorktown’s effort against Panas.
Lakeland finished its perfect week by winning at Pearl River 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) on Sept. 16. Devyn Clifford (12 digs), Nicole Pemberton (8 kills) and Christina Kubicsko (18 assists) paced the Hornets to the win.
The Hornets got the job done against visiting Beacon, defeating the Bulldogs 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21) on Sept. 14 with a great team effort from Clifford (27digs), Pemberton (16 kills), Kubicsko (29 assists), Sylvia Dedushaj (8 kills) and Caitlin Wisker (6 aces).
Lakeland won its first match of the year when it blanked White Plains 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17) on Sept. 12 in its home opener.
“We all played with very positive attitudes and a lot of excitement,” Pemberton said. “Since it was our first home game, and we had our family, friends and teachers in the crowd supporting us, it gave us all an extra boost of excitement and motivation to play our hardest.”
Pemberton said that playing at home is important to her because it gives her family and friends the opportunity to support her and her teammates.
“My grandma comes to every home game and playing in front of her makes me even more motivated to give it my all,” Pemberton said. “As a team we love playing at home and representing Lakeland High School.”
The Hornets (3-1) were led in the match by Clifford (15 digs), Pemberton (7 kills), Kubicsko (10 assists) and Dedushaj (8 kills).
“Selvija played a huge role in our first win this season,” Pemberton said. “She was ready for every ball and played very consistent throughout the match. Devyn and Christina also contributed greatly to the team’s win. Devyn was on her toes throughout the whole match and was able to see the ball early. Both Devyn and Christina were covering the floor on defense and were able to give good consistent passes to our setter.”
Lakeland coach Steve Fallo was pleased with his team’s effort against the Tigers.
“We cut down on our unforced errors and played better at the net,” Fallo said.