Garnets Improving With Each Game

Although Rye’s volleyball team is off to a slow start — they fell 3-0 to Carmel September 14 and were swept again by Ossining two days later — the inexperienced Garnets have shown promise and continue to gain confidence game by game.

Gianna Paganelli

“I thought we played much better against Ossining than the previous game,” said new head coach Jason Friesen. “We took a step forward, as we hope to do every time we take the floor. The girls are a bit tentative at times, but I think that goes with the lack of experience. Overall, I was very happy with their performance.”

Against Ossining at home, the Garnets were outplayed in the first game 25-5, but turned it on for the second (25-18) and third (25-19) games. The fact they were competitive minus senior captain Rachel Gould, who was out with a pinched nerve in her elbow, was a good sign.

“We lost, but we played a great three games,” said fellow captain Indeia Scarfone, one of just two seniors on Rye. “I thought our defense was pretty strong, particularly middle blocker Teresa Magan. Our serves were great, too. Ossining is a tough team, but we came pretty close to taking a game from them.”

Scarfone led Rye with seven digs. Gianna Paganelli had six and Lauren Creadore recorded five.

The Garnets play a pair of non-league games with Port Chester (September 24) and Rye Neck (September 27) before jumping into the league fray with Fox Lane September 28.

– Melanie Cane

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