Here’s tonight’s lead story from my colleague Jermaine Dennis on Clarkstown South’s sweep of East Ramapo:
Clarkstown South picked up momentum heading toward the playoffs as it defeated visiting East Ramapo 25-14, 25-16, 25-15 Wednesday.
The defending Class AA champion Vikings came off of Tuesday’s emotional win over North Rockland and brought that enthusiasm into its match against the Titans.
Clarkstown South’s middle blocker Barbara Kapustin made large contributions toward the Vikings’ wins with 20 kills in the past two matches. She had seven kills, four digs, two assists and a block against East Ramapo.
“She has been dominate at the net as a hitter and blocker for us this season,” Vikings’ coach Paul Bacsardi said. “She’s our litmus paper; how well she plays is how well we perform.”
The team is looking for her to lead it through a difficult schedule, including matches against Clarkstown North, North Rockland, Haldane, and Suffern.
The sweep over the Titans has South gearing toward another deep postseason run.
“We are trying to roll into sectionals with a balanced team attack,” Bacsardi said. “Last year we went to the state final four and we are pushing for a deeper run this time around.”
John Jay sweeps Panas on “Blackout Night” on the road: The Indians used a balanced defensive effort to shutout the reigning Class A section and regional champs on Wednesday, getting double-digit digs from four different players — Amanda Flayhan (13), Theresa Swertfager (12), Taylor McCarthy (10) and Julia Mines (10). The sweep comes less than a week after the Indians were swept by Haldane, which was still on the up-and-up at the time. Panas’ student section held a “Blackout Night” to try and aid their Panthers in the highly-touted Class A contest. John Jay’s defense limited the high-powered Panas offense to just 26 kills on the night — 18 of which came off the hands of senior Brigitte Burcescu. Even the Indians’ offense was evenly-distributed, with no player recording more than eight kills. McCarthy and Molly Newcomb each led the team with eight, while Mines added six. Flayhan recorded the match’s only double-double, dishing 19 assists to go with her 13 digs.
Best of the rest: Scarsdale’s Carina Spiro had 14 kills and 11 digs in the 25-13, 25-19, 25-23 win over visiting Ursuline. … Pelham’s Nicole Franciosa had 20 kills in a 25-13, 26-28, 25-10, 25-12 win over visiting Eastchester. … Colleen Kelly finished with 11 kills for Valhalla in its 25-17, 25-10, 21-25, 25-23 win at Port Chester. … Karolina Fik had six aces, 19 assists and 18 digs in Yonkers’ 25-10, 25-12, 25-16 win at Gorton. … Nicolina Chenard had nine kills, six aces and six digs in a 25-10, 25-21, 25-18 win at New Rochelle to keep Ardsley (10-0) undefeated. … Alayne Felix had 16 kills in Mahopac’s 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 win against Brewster. … Caitlin Perry had six kills, eight aces and 12 digs in a win over Irvington to keep Dobbs Ferry (12-0) undefeated. … Rebecca Becourtney had 17 digs in Nanuet’s 25-15, 25-11, 25-19 win against Nyack. …Lindsey Kim had 14 kills and 10 digs in Blind Brook’s 25-7, 25-10, 25-17 win at Rye Neck.
Wednesday, October 9
Yonkers 3, Gorton 0
Horace Mann 3, Holy Child 0
North Rockland 3, Clarkstown North 1
Clarkstown South 3, East Ramapo 0
Ardsley 3, New Rochelle 0
Mahopac 3, Brewster 0
Dobbs Ferry 3, Irvington 0
Pelham 3, Eastchester 1
Nanuet 3, Nyack 0
Blind Brook 3, Rye Neck 0
Valhalla 3, Port Chester 1
Mount Vernon 3, Hastings 0
Mamaroneck 3, Sleepy Hollow 1
Scarsdale 3, Ursuline 0
John Jay 3, Panas 0
Zacchio’s prediction record today: 10-3
Zacchio’s prediction record this season: 227-53