by Meghan Reilly
The WHS Volleyball team fell to Union last Friday after coming out strong in the first set, but failing to carry that strength into the rest of the game.
WHS scored four quick points off of serves by senior Co-Captain Nicole Boretz, earning the team an early lead. Union Catholic rallied to tie the score, but key serves by senior Paige Pavelszek, including an ace, helped WHS stay ahead.
The team won the set, 25–16, after major spikes by Boretz and sophomore Olivia Manning. Said Boretz, “We had a lot of motivation and energy that helped us win.”
The second set started out evenly, as possession alternated constantly. Manning scored key points for WHS, while junior Angela Dorry and senior Erin Fitzpatrick blocked many of Union Catholic’s attempts to steal the lead. WHS picked up steam late in the second set, but it was not enough to stop Union Catholic, as they took the second set, 25–21.
Said Head Coach Ms. Beverly Torok: “This whole season we have come out and played really well, and then for some reason, in the second set, our communication breaks down and we struggle with staying united. We also had some serving issues, which is costly.”
Union Catholic came out swinging at the start of the third set, quickly earning the lead. Sophomore Megan Mondon set up Boretz, junior Sophia Palia and Manning off of passes from junior Elena Scarano to tie the score at eight.
Senior Catherine Sabatino had many important blocks throughout the game, but was a force to be reckoned with during the third set as she scored points, but also blocked many of Union Catholic’s spikes. WHS fought hard for their points in the third set, but ultimately, Union Catholic maintained their lead and won the set, 25–15.
Said Torok: “I was disappointed we did not play them tougher. We had beaten them soundly the first time we met. They were an improved team, and we did not make the adjustments to take them.”