Garnets overpower Huskies on Senior Night

Rye’s volleyball team put on a clinic at home October 15 on Senior Night, defeating rival Harrison 3-1 (25-10, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17). The Garnets (9-4) dominated the first two games, but looked sluggish and overconfident in the third and let it slip away with unforced errors. They came back energized and determined in the fourth game though, and finished the Huskies off.

Meredith Siefert, Samantha Lee, and Alda Pontes get fired up

Meredith Siefert, Samantha Lee, and Alda Pontes get fired up

“The entire team was really pumped since it was Rye-Harrison week and our last home game,” said senior Samantha Lee. “It was nice to have all the seniors recognized with a rose for their hard work and dedication. This season we have connected, blending the experienced seniors with the talented juniors and sophomores. Together our chemistry and hard work have translated into success on the court.”

Rebecca Choron had 12 kills and 11 digs, and Alda Pontes recorded nine kills and 13 digs. Meredith Siefert put up nine kills, and Lee dished 28 assists. Pontes remarked that the team has improved exponentially, and backed Lee in saying that team chemistry is at an all-time high. The fact the Garnets (9-4) were without three key players – Molly Smalt, Patricia Sganga, and Jamie DiEdwards – made the feat that much more impressive.

“Rachel Gould, Ellie Tremayne and Indeia Scarfone really stepped up for the injured and sick players,” said head coach Tim Tolve. “We have a few more regular season games left. Although our chance to win the league is very small, we are focusing on a high seed for the Section playoffs.”

– Melanie Cane

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