Indian River volleyball snaps losing streak on Senior Night
After starting off 5-2, the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team lost six straight games, falling to 5-8 on the season. They were finally able to get out of that funk on Senior Night, last Tuesday, Oct. 22, winning against Seaford in just three sets.
Head coach Jay Clark opted to let all the seniors play in the Lady Indians’ final home game of the year, symbolically subbing in the underclassmen at the end of the third set.
“Tonight, we were able to let the seniors play essentially all three games,” Clark explained at the end of the match. “We had six seniors. They did a terrific job.”
The first set of the match was by far the most competitive, tied at 15 before senior middle hitter Carly Bartell put the Indians up 16-15 with an ace. Senior middle hitter Bethany Walter was set up for a spike a few points later, to make it 21-15, and two aces from senior outside hitter Reilly Scott put the set out of reach, with IR taking it 25-17.
The seniors continued their run in the second set, going up 12-3 after two aces from senior Briana Giansanti. Senior middle hitter Maricela Hernandez Maza put together a remarkable five aces in a row to put the Indians up 20-5 before a serve out of bounds finally ended her impressive run. The gap would be too much for Seaford to overcome, and IR took the set 25-11 to go up 2-0 in the match.
The Lady Indians handled the third set just as easily, enjoying an emblematic substitution display before the end of the match.
“It was good for us, because it broke us out of our losing streak,” Clark commented. “This was a match we should have won, and we did.”
The win puts the Lady Indians at 6-8 on the year, headed into their final game at Sussex Central on Thursday, Oct. 24, (after Coastal Point press time). The Lady Golden Knights started this week at 5-9 on the season and beat IR in four sets in last year’s season-opener.