YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s volleyball squad won 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-15) against visiting Port Chester on Oct. 3.
“Today all the girls brought a lot of energy,” Yorktown senior captain Kayla Knoesel said. “At our last practice, everyone worked extremely hard and it showed on the court. I felt our communication was a lot better and everyone played their position well.”
Knoesel (14 kills, 1 ace, 10 digs) and Macey Drezek (23 assists, 7 aces, 16 digs) led Yorktown to the win.
“Macey and I work really well together since we’ve played on so many of the same teams,” Knoesel said. “She is one of the toughest athletes I know, and does everything she can to get the ball up. It is such a team sport, so we are truly able to do our best when everyone is successfully doing their job, like tonight.”
Yorktown’s victory was truly a team effort.
“Amanda Rolle led the team in serves which was huge when the game was close,” Knoesel said. “Jackie Cane had a few powerful kills from the outside-hitter position, which really got everyone excited. Nicole Rabadi has been very consistent and has been a forceful hitter.”
Yorktown swept the week by beating visiting Horace Greeley 3-2 (14-25, 24-26, 25-14, 25-18, 25-20) on Oct. 5.
Leading the Huskers (4-7) against Greeley were Knoesel (26 kills, 4 aces, 17 digs, 3 blocks), Rolle (31 assists, 3 aces, 13 digs), Rabadi (11 kills, 8 digs), Sophia Torres (13 assists, 8 digs) and Stephanie White (12 kills, 6 digs).
Lakeland won against visiting Peekskill 3-2 (25-10, 16-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-17) on Oct. 2.
“My team was able to persevere and win the match because we stepped up our game the last two sets to make sure that we would go home with a win,” Lakeland junior captain Anna Tomasini said. “We didn’t let anything hit the floor and made sure to communicate and pass the ball to the setter. Our passers, especially our libero, Christina, made some nice digs and saves to let our hitters get kills at the net.”
Emily Kubicsko (8 kills. 9 assists), Jess Grosso (11 kills), Haley Sanjurjo (9 kills), Tomasini (6 kills) and Christina Kubicsko (11 digs) all stood out.
“We knew that yesterday’s win was a necessity as our schedule is only getting tougher,” Tomasini said. “In order to win we need to have kills so all of us try our hardest to kill the ball and end a rally because that’s the only way to win a game. We also were serve-receiving well yesterday making it a lot easier for the setters to get the ball to our hitters and with good sets our hitters most of the time take great swings.”
Lakeland fell 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25) to visiting John Jay-Cross River on Oct. 3.
“We played well in set two because we let the other team make the mistakes,” Tomasini said. “We played to the best of our ability and hustled to get every ball. We also covered each other and made sure to get tips especially off blocks. In the second set we actually had momentum and were communicating more on the court. When our energy level is high and we talk as a team we always come out on top.”
Lakeland (7-4) lost at sister school, defending Class A state champion Walter Panas, 3-1 (11-25, 12-25, 25-23, 10-25) on Oct. 5, led by Emily Kubicsko (4 kills, 5 assists), Sanjurjo (6 kills) and Tomasini (4 kills).