by Natalie Brennan
The girls volleyball team came out victorious in last Friday’s quarter-final match against Cranford, advancing them in the county tournament.
Westfield was awarded the first point of the day before the first set even started due to a slip up on Cranford’s submitted lineup. After Westfield got on the board first, Cranford racked up the next few points.
But Westfield did not let Cranford pull ahead. Senior Co-Captains Elena Scarano and Kayla Rodrigues took matters into their own hands and worked to win back possession.
Said Rodrigues: “The team had a rough start to the game…. After a few points, we started playing together the way we always do and everything came together in the end.
”Westfield continued to pull forward on the scoreboard and maintained its lead for the rest of the game. Senior Angela Dorry served the final ball for the set-winning point.
Said Head Coach Beverly Torok, “We were trying to serve tough...and were trying to make our plays work at the point that we were calling them.”
The second set started with a long rally which Cranford was able to finish. The opponents stole the first two points of the second set. The next few points flip-flopped between teams until they were tied at five. Rodrigues helped the team advance in the second set once it was her turn to serve.
Dorry wrapped up the game once more as she served the twenty-fifth point which Cranford was not able to return over the net.
Scarano said: “We’ve been having very focused practices and treating each situation like a game. As we continue on in the tournament, we know the teams will become more skilled, so we are working really hard and not looking past any teams.” She was recently ranked one of the top three liberos in the state in a poll on nj.com.
The team won its semi-final match against Union Catholic Tuesday by a score of 25–12, 25–13 and will play Roselle Catholic in the final tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kean University.