YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown remained undefeated by scoring one of the biggest early season victories of the Section 1 volleyball season with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21) triumph against visiting Walter Panas on Sept. 19.
“Having the composure and consistency to beat a well-respected team like Panas is something that we have been working towards,” said Yorktown’s Jackie Cane. “This win is a statement on how much potential we have and we will definitely use it as motivation to keep working hard and improving every day.”
Cane (20 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs), Jackie Knoesel (3 assists, 8 aces, 18 digs), Olivia Waschenko (8 kills), Allison Torres (9 kills, 8 digs, 1 block), Aniyah Seales (2 kills, 2 blocks), Olivia Fasce (13 assist, 1 ace, 13 digs), Lauren Strauss (1 assist, 1 ace, 9 digs), and Allison Silverman (3 kills, 25 assists, 1 ace, 7 digs, 1 block) propelled the Huskers to victory.
The host Huskers also registered a 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-17) win against Lakeland on Sept. 17.
“We were really focused throughout the whole day,” Knoesel said. “When we came here we knew that it was going to be a tough game. We had to stay composed the whole time and play confidently and not overconfident. We played very put together as a team. We really played in unison. It was like pass, set, hit, pass, set, hit. We just worked really well together.”
Cane set the tone in the opening set, with a high-flying, monstrous spike, which put the Huskers up 12-3.
“I feel like it’s a whole lot of team work and I feel it’s up to me to end the play,” Cane said. “It all started with a good pass and a good set from my setter (Silverman) and I feel like in a league game like Lakeland, someone has to put it away and that’s what really just drives the team forward.”
Yorktown was definitely driven to win the next two sets and not let the match get to a fourth game.
“The fourth game is always tough because both teams are still in it so we really focused on closing the game and sweeping them,” Knoesel said. “It was a really big goal for us to sweep them. It’s one of our team goals to have a certain amount of sweeps this season so it’s really important for us. So, in those last points, we just had to put it all together. If you made a mistake, you know that you could shake it off and the next ball you get up.”
Gia Tropea (2 digs), Knoesel (1 kill, 1 assist, 3 aces, 11 digs), Waschenko (6 kills, 1 dig, 1 block), Torres (10 kills, 3 aces, 12 digs, 1 block), Julia Sateriale (1 assist, 2 aces, 2 digs), Seales (5 kills, 3 blocks), Fasce (14 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs), Strauss (2 aces, 1 dig), Cane (13 kills, 5 aces, 4 digs, 1 block), Silverman (17 assists, 2 digs), Paige Melagrano (1 assist) and Vanessa Mulaj (1 kill) all contributed to the victory.
Yorktown (6-0, 2-0) finished the week at the John Jay (Cross River) tournament on Sept. 21, going 8-0 in pool play and ended up seeded second in the eight-team gold bracket, losing in the first round to Long Island’s Smithtown East.
Lakeland rebounded from their loss to Yorktown by winning at Brewster in straight sets (25-9, 25-13, 25-13) on Sept. 18.
“It was important for us to come back, play well, and win the next match after a tough loss against Yorktown,” said Lakeland’s Victoria Tsui. “Our win today helped us refocus and play better as a team.”
Lakeland was led to the victory by Tsui (13 assists), Kayla Jennings (6 aces, 5 kills), and Emily Kubicsko (5 kills).
“We were able to win today because we played with more energy and had better communication on the court,” Tsui said. “It was good to be able to bounce back and play well as a team.”