Here is my colleague Chad Jennings with his gamer from Dobbs Ferry’s first Section 1 tournament title win under coach Patty Duane. The Eagles finished a perfect 21-0 against the section.
MONTROSE — There was a point in the fifth game when Dobbs Ferry seemed to have run out of comebacks. The Eagles were young, and they were trailing, and their school’s first Class C volleyball sectional title had never really been in their grasp anyway.
If either team had ever been in control, it was surely older and more experienced Blind Brook.
But this was a match that always hung on a wire, determined by sudden swings one way or the other, and Dobbs Ferry’s final comeback was the finest moment of a 22-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23 win at Hen Hud on Friday.
“Our team, we always come back,” Dobbs Ferry sophomore Alexis Demitrovic said. “That’s one great thing about us, and we just fought so hard. I knew we could do it. I never gave up on us.”
The fifth game was a snapshot of the entire match. The teams were tied at 3, tied again at 7, tied again at 12 and 13 and 14 and 15.
When Blind Brook went on a run to take a 20-17 lead, Dobbs Ferry came back to tie at 21. And again at 22. And again at 23.
Finally, Dobbs Ferry had its first late lead when sophomore Bridget Sheridan had the go-ahead kill at 24-23. The final point was another back-and-forth, eventually hit out of bounds, setting off the celebration.
“I’ve played on a lot of different teams, and I don’t get along (with everyone on other teams),” Demitrovic said. “But on this team, we’re all really good friends, and we communicate well on and off the court. That really helped us. I don’t think we could have done it if we didn’t get along together.”
Dobbs Ferry (pictured below) advanced to a 5 p.m. regional match at Arlington on Nov. 9.
Blind Brook lost for just the second time this season, ending its season in a moment of unmasked disappointment and frustration. Just before the fifth game, Blind Brook senior Katelyn Kim had clapped her hands and shouted to no one in particular: “Let’s go! Can’t drop the ball! Let’s go!”
For a while, it seemed to be Blind Brook’s championship to win, until Dobbs Ferry — with only one senior on the roster — kept coming back time and time again.
Down one game, they won the second. Down a game again, they won the fourth, only after trailing by as much as 15-11, 10 points away from elimination.
Then came the fifth-game comeback, the rally that saved the season and won the championship.
“The first game, I was a little nervous because they’re a really good team,” Demitrovic said. “They talk, and so do we, but they’re just really good. They haven’t won a section in a while, and we haven’t won one, so we were both going for that same feeling like, we did it for our school. We just did it.”