I don’t really want to set a precedent for co-players of the week, but as I tweeted earlier on Sunday, there were a ton of worthy candidates and with the week dynamic duo Kristen Sweeney and Danielle DeIulio had for Yorktown, it was almost impossible to reward one and not the other.
Sweeney, the Huskers’ top hitter, and DeIulio, the team’s setter, have been the instrumental force behind the overwhelming offense that has given Yorktown a perfect 5-0 start to the regular season.
Yorktown had its breakout week recently — topping Class A threat John Jay and reigning section and regional champs Panas in addition to a sweep of Beacon for a flawless regular season week. Sweeney recorded 34 kills in the three matches, leading the team each match (12 kills, 13 kills, 9 kills, respectively). A large part of Sweeney’s standout offensive week can be attributed to DeIulio, who set an incredible 94 assists during the week, including 80 in the first two matches (41 assists, 39 assists, respectively). DeIulio also showed off her defensive prowess, racking up 19 digs during the week as well.
Hosting their annual tournament, Yorktown opened with a 7-0 record in pool play before falling to Panas in a close 25-21 contest. After grabbing the No. 2 seed in the finals bracket, the Huskers marched to the championship match. The Panthers again got the best of the Huskers, but the team didn’t leave empty handed.
In addition to the second place team award, Sweeney and DeIulio were named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Michelle Ruffino. (In the featured image, DeIulio is seen setting up Sweeney for a kill against Panas in the Yorktown tournament)
Honorable mentions: Brigitte Burcescu, Panas (80 kills and 38 digs in three matches, including a school-record 39 kills in loss to Yorktown; tournament MVP of Yorktown tournament); Kelly Vahos, Haldane (51 kills, 22 digs and 10 blocks in two matches, including 35 kills in loss to Mahopac); Amanda Flayhan, John Jay (recorded a 12-kill, 28-assist, 21-dig triple-double in loss to Yorktown; led Indians to an undefeated championship at Millbrook tournament). Allie Patriciello, Panas (114 assists in three matches, including 87 in losses to Yorktown and John Jay-East Fishkill; named all-tournament at Yorktown tournament).
September 15 — Brigitte Burcescu, Panas
September 8 — Barbara Kapustin, Clarkstown South