MONTROSE, N.Y.— Sometimes in sports, like Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, both teams battle bravely, but there always must be a winner.
That was the case when fifth-seeded Yorktown’s volleyball squad traveled to No. 4 Hendrick Hudson on Nov. 1 in the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals.
It was a match that had the heart pumping with non-stop action from the first point to the last one, where every player on each team left her heart on the court.
The Huskers (15-3) were valiant but fell in the end in an epic match to the Sailors, 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 25-18, 15-25, 21-25).
Yorktown coach Katy Sherwood was proud of the effort that all her players gave, especially her seniors Toni Fiore (27 kills, 5 blocks), Kristen Papitto (9 kills, 3 blocks), Michelle Seger (36 digs, 6 aces), Deidre Kelly and Nicole Ruffino, who each played in their final game in a Husker volleyball uniform.
“They played really hard today and the seniors walked off the court satisfied that they left it all out there,” Sherwood said. “I am very proud of their efforts and all they have accomplished this season. At the beginning of the season not many people, including some of them, thought they were going to be as successful as they were.”
Sherwood said she is going to miss a lot about this senior class.
“It’s been such a pleasure having them on the team and they have contributed so much to the program,” Sherwood said. “They are constantly giving back and helping out with the younger kids and the volleyball clinics. They treat their teammates and myself with the utmost respect, and they know how to have fun.”
One of those seniors who knows how to have fun and plays with a tremendous passion on the court is Seger, who said she enjoyed playing in a match where each and every point was so critical.
“It was stressful but challenging at the same time,” said Seger, a captain. “Every single point was so important and we all worked as hard as we could to get every point we could. Such a competitive game is always so much fun and pushes everyone to play their absolute best.”
Junior setter Macey Drezek (46 assists, 11 digs) also stood out and should continue to be a force to reckon with when she returns next year.
“As a team we focused on winning for each other,” Seger said. “Macey wanted to win for everyone on the court, the bench, and especially for our coaches. She worked so hard and put so much heart into every play.”
Seger said she was proud of how hard she and her teammates played.
“We really put our heart out there,” Seger said. “It may not have gone our way in this game, but I’m still so happy to have played with this team. I’m really going to miss playing for coach Sherwood. She is so passionate about the game and very encouraging. She is a great coach, she pushes me and my teammates to be the best we can be. Also, I’m going to miss playing with my best friends. I’ve played with some of these girls for years upon years and we developed a bond that can’t be broken. It’s sad that I won’t be on the court with them again. It’s hard to think that I will never be wearing a Yorktown volleyball jersey or playing in the Yorktown gym again.”
Juniors Kayla Knoesel (8 kills, 9 digs) and Grace Meara (9 kills, 8 aces, 13 digs) also played well against Hen Hud.