CASTLETON, NY — Earlier this season, when the Maple Hill Girls Varsity Volleyball team played in Coxsackie they left with their heads down, falling to the Indians in what senior Jess Hogan describes as an “ugly game.”
Tuesday evening, the Wildcats returned the favor pulling ahead after dropping the first set 16 to 25. “We knew if we worked together we could beat them,” senior Anna Horbata said. “The only way they were going to beat us is if we beat ourselves,” the four-year varsity player went on to say.
Play as a team they did, stunning the Indians in the second set 25-7, tying things at one game a piece.
For anyone unfamiliar with the National Federation of High School Associations’ volleyball rules, the way it works is the first team to win three sets takes home the win (match). In non-lawyer terms, it’s a best of five situation to determine the day’s winner.
Moving on, Maple Hill would grab the third set 25-14, pulling ahead two sets to one.
In the fourth set things were a bit closer. It easily could have gone either way, but again Maple Hill pulled things together, winning 25-22 and capturing the match.
Through all four sets the lady Wildcats outscored the Indians 91-66, which was quite impressive considering their not so close loss in the first set. “We played better, we made less errors and had fun,” Hogan and Horbota said following the win.
Both teams will play again Thursday at 5:15 p.m. with Maple Hill playing host to Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls, while Coxsackie travels to play Cairo-Durham.
- Dylan Rossiter(@ByDylanRossiter)