CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Yorktown’s volleyball squad traveled to Walter Panas on Oct. 11 in a battle between two of the better teams in Section 1, with the Panthers rallying for a 3-1 (23-35, 25-20, 28-26, 26-24) victory.

The Huskers (10-3, 4-3) started off well by winning the first set.

“To win the first set, we really came out with the mindset that we wanted to take this game, after previously beating them this season,” said Yorktown’s Jackie Knoesel. “We worked really well as a team and knew we had to put in the work if we wanted to win. In the first set, we all successfully contributed skill and worked well as a team, ultimately enabling us to take that first set.”

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Panas though answered by winning the next three sets, with the last two being decided by just 2 points each.

“When a set is really close, like all the sets were against Panas, staying calm and composed is crucial, and I thought Panas did a great job performing in high pressure situations,” Knoesel said. “They had a lot of energy throughout the match, some of which coming from their fan section, which I think was a major contributor to them winning.”

Knoesel (2 kills, 3 aces, 14 digs), Olivia Waschenko (12 kills, 5 digs, 1 block), Allison Torres (4 kills, 2 assists, 2 aces, 12 digs, 2 blocks), Aniyah Seales (4 kills, 5 blocks), Olivia Fasce (1 kill, 12 assists, 1 ace, 20 digs), Lauren Straus (1 ace, 6 digs), Jackie Cane (14 kills, 1 assist, 4 aces, 4 digs, 2 blocks), Allison Silverman (2 kills, 19 assists, 13 digs, 2 blocks) and Paige Melagrano (1 dig, 1 block) all contributed to the Huskers’ effort.

“Overall, I think we played well, but definitely didn’t reach our full potential to come out with a win,” Knoesel said. “I think we all are going to be able to take this loss and use it to fuel us to work harder, stay composed, and finish the regular season with great success. Overall, Panas is a strong, competitive team, and we knew that going into the match. Today, they just came out on top.”

Lakeland Goes 3-0

Lakeland has also earned its way into the conversation as one of the best teams in the section, as it won all three of its games during the week.

That week started with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-9) victory against host Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10, led by Caitlin Wisker (10 aces, 6 kills), Emily Kubicsko (8 kills, 5 aces) and Victoria Tsui (4 aces, 12 assists).

“After our win against Yorktown, our confidence was up,” Kubicsko said. “We know we have some important matches coming up next week so we just wanted to keep playing hard to stay prepared for what’s ahead and I think as a team, we were able to do that today.”

Lakeland swept visiting Brewster 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-16) on Oct. 11, paced by Wisker (8 aces, 8 kills), Kayla Jennings (7 kills, 4 aces), Kubicsko (7 kills, 10 digs) and Tsui (13 assists).

“Brewster fought hard, but we took the win after dominating the first three sets,” Wisker said. “Through consistent serving, maintaining a strong defense and working well together as a team, we were able to achieve another great victory.”

Host Lakeland (11-4) finished its week by defeating Putnam Valley 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 26-24) on Oct. 12, led by Wisker (8 kills), Jennings (7 kills, 10 digs), Kubicsko (12 kills, 14 digs) and Tsui (17 assists).