Written by Vinny Messana, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The Comets volleyball team was defeated by a very tough and talented Port Washington squad in all three sets. Despite the loss, Head Coach Danielle Sekasan does not want her team to be discouraged.
“They have a very good team,” said Sekasan. “They are pretty much intact from last season. They have strong players and they play on club teams. It is very hard to compete with players that play year round,” she added.
That comfort level allowed Port Washington to play with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.
In the first set, Hicksville got off to a strong start, recording the first three points. Port Washington, however, scored 12 straight points which took the score from a narrow margin of 6-4 to 18-4. That, essentially, put the match to rest prematurely. Port took that match by the score of 25-11.
The next match was ultra-competitive. The two teams exchanged points the entire time. The score stood at 11-11 and the Comets were playing sharp and aggressive. Port clung on to a 15-14 lead, but ultimately broke the game open and won 25-16. Sekasan was very proud of the way the team played in that match.
“The girls really settled down and got to their spots,” said Sekasan. “They stayed low with their passes. It was a team effort, everyone was talking.”
The third game was the most lopsided of the evening. Port took a commanding 9-0 lead and never looked back. They won that match by the score of 25-7 to move to 6-2 on the year and dropped Hicksville to 0-9.
Despite the disappointing start, Sekasan is optimistic about the future. The team is very young, and understood there would be a steep learning curve.
“We have only five returning players from last season, and only one of whom played. The other 14 girls on the team have never played at the varsity level. I’m just trying to get them adjusted to this level.”
Sekasan noted that some of the individual standout performers from this evening was Michelle Lapierre on defense and Nikki Chase on offense.
The girls will have another home match this week when they take on Plainview JFK.