Panas was probably happy to come away with a win against Arlington on Friday. And while most wins are all alike for many players, Friday will likely standout from the rest for two Panthers players.
Senior hitter Brigitte Burcescu and senior setter Allie Patriciello rewrote the Panas history books Friday, breaking program records for career kills and assists, respectively, coach Joe Felipe confirmed.
Burcescu sat just three kills away from her older sister Vivian’s record of 1,051 kills entering Friday’s contest. The Northeastern-bound hitter slammed 32 kills to blow past her big sis, making the current record 1,080. Burcescu, who served primarily as a setter for the Panthers up until last season, broke her sister’s single-season kills record last year and was expected to “shatter” the career kills record this year, Felipe said in the preseason.
Panas (8-2) will have six regular season matches and two tournaments left this year, in addition to the Garden State Challenge the Panthers are currently attending in New Jersey. Burcescu (pictured below, right) is currently averaging well-over 20 kills per match for the reigning Class A section and regional champions, meaning her season-end total — not including the postseason or tournaments — will likely surpass the 1,200-kill mark.
As many volleyball aficionados know, most great hitters are the product of a great setter. A consistent, talented setter can be the difference in a match and/or a team’s success during the season. For anyone who has been to Glens Falls for the annual state tournament, few teams there have sub-par setters.
Senior Allie Patriciello (pictured above, left) has been at the core of the Panthers offense the last two seasons, and has now cemented her legacy at Walter Panas after passing Jenn Coco as the all-time assists leader with 47 assists on Friday.
Patriciello, who ‘set’ the single-season assists record last year (763), has now dished off 1,278 assists in her career with about half of this season still remaining.
Both Burcescu and Patriciello are expected to break their own single-season records this year — Burcescu, who set the bar at 526 last year, has recorded 370 kills this season; Patriciello has assisted 464 kills so far this year. If and when these records are broken, you’ll be the first to know.
Photo credit: John Meore/The Journal News
FUN FACT: I’ve bowled against Coco’s brother, Tom in numerous tournaments. Just shows how amazingly small the Lower Hudson Valley (and bowling) world is.
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