by Dara Tucker
The volleyball team bore down when it counted last Friday, withstanding a late comeback in its win over SPF on the road to remaining undefeated this season.
The rivalry between WHS and SPF extends to all sports, and Friday’s game was no exception. Fans filled the stands and both teams were fired up during warm-ups.WHS came out strong from the start. Led by senior Angela Dorry, who served four consecutive points early on, WHS got out to a quick five-point lead.
Dorry said that the serving runs were key for the team, and added, “The serving runs put us at good positions above SPF, even when we didn’t have possession of the ball.
”The team built upon its lead by capitalizing on SPF’s mistakes. WHS’ disciplined approach kept the Raiders on their toes throughout the game.
Eventually, senior Co-Captain Elena Scarano’s ace capped the WHS onslaught, and the Blue Devils won the set 25–7.
According to Head Coach Beverly Torok: “We really started to come in sync. Our transition from offense to defense was smooth.... Everything was working, that first set.
”However, the second set was much more of a back-and-forth battle than the first. SPF kept the score close, matching every WHS point with one of its own.
Said Scarano: “We all were a little on our heels. We knew that if we focused and played our game, [SPF] couldn’t win.
”WHS started to pull away after a long rally which ended with Scarano’s highlight-reel diving save. At that point, the score was 15–8, but SPF still hung in there.In fact, SPF had come within a point of tying when junior Olivia Manning had a crucial kill that gave WHS some breathing room.
The Blue Devils won the set, 25–21, on a SPF net foul, clinching the victory over their rivals.With the win, the team has high hopes for the future. According to Torok, the team’s top priority is to win the county tournament.
“Last year, we were in the finals against Roselle Catholic, and won the first set, then lost [the next two],” said Torok. “That is something we’re aware of and really pushing toward.”