by Sarah Leahy
Although the Westfield girls volleyball team came out fighting in the county final, they were narrowly defeated by Roselle Catholic on Oct. 26.
Westfield played strong in the first game, creating a big gap between the teams. Senior Paige Pavleszek served well, winning three consecutive points, making it 18-10. After the first Westfield time-out, Roselle Catholic started making a comeback, with a score of 23–19. Game one ended with sophomore Angela Dorry hitting a kill; the final score was 25–1.
Senior Co-Captain Courtney Weisse said, “In the first game, our passes were perfect…. Overall, Westfield came out strong.”
Roselle Catholic came out fighting in the second game, making them a force to be reckoned with. They led 7–2 in the beginning when the Blue Devils picked up their game and started evening the score. The rallies were long, and the scoring went back and forth making the game very close.
Said Weisse, “In the second game we were struggling to get our passes and serves in.”
After the second Westfield time-out, Roselle Catholic won the second game after sophomore Elena Scarano missed a serve, making the final score 25–2.
The third game started with both teams playing hard, each point going back and forth with long rallies. Westfield started missing several consecutive serves, giving Roselle Catholic a 17–8 lead. The Blue Devils could not come back from such a large deficit, and the game ended in a 25–14 Roselle Catholic victory.
“I think we played well in the third game, but we didn't play our best. We definitely could have beaten them. We just got into a bad run of serves which got us down,” said senior Co-Captain Nicole Boretz.
The girls’ next game is home Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. against South Brunswick.