MAMARONECK — Since the beginning of the season, Dobbs Ferry has been shoved from “possible contender” in Class C to full-blown favorites. This, despite carrying a nine-player roster that includes just one senior.
“There’s balance in the offense, there’s balance in the passing; the parts we need, we have,” Eagles coach Patty Duane said. “We have tough serves from everybody, smart serving, good passing, good defense.
“I wish we had better blocking, to be honest, but we have who we have, and we don’t have a whole lot of height, so we’ll do with what we can and we’ll just find a way with the players we have.”
The Eagles soared to a 16-0 record and clinched a share of the League 2-B title with Thursday’s win over Mamaroneck. And while its record may be flawless, Dobbs Ferry is quick to point out the flaws in its game in order to improve.
“I thought our defense picked up more towards the end, our serves were a little iffy at certain points, but we picked it up,” Eagles junior Juliette Kost said following the 22-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-10 win. “(We were) definitely rusty … I think we were just coming back from a bad practice.”
Kost and fellow junior Caitlin Perry led the team with 11 kills apiece. Mamaroneck’s lone senior, Colette Clarke (pictured right, 18), led all players with 13 kills.
Sophomore standout Alexis Demitrovic continued her stellar season, recording her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 21 assists and 10 digs.
“It was one of our most fun (matches) because we had to really fight for the win,” Demitrovic said. “I think our communication and energy levels were really low (in the beginning), and that’s never usually our problem.”
The Eagles will host Sleepy Hollow on Friday and will travel to Edgemont on Monday to conclude their regular season. Dobbs Ferry will almost certainly be granted the No. 1 seed in the section tournament, which begins on Thursday.
So, how far can or will Dobbs Ferry go this year?
“States — all the way,” Kost said.
All photos were taken by Matthew Brown of The Journal News. View Matt’s entire photo gallery from this match here.