Saying that tonight was a busy night is an understatement.
Between covering a match, writing the game story while trying to put a bow on another, bigger story, then tracking down 23 other matches from around the section and typing (most of) them into the paper; it was a long, exhausting night. That, I don’t mind. What upsets me is that I have no milk to fix a cup of tea.
I covered one of my upset specials — No. 10 Ossining at No. 7 Nyack, a Class A contest. I correctly predicted that the Pride would pull off the upset, thanks to having senior hitter Madison Strippoli near full strength. Unfortunately, we could not get a photographer there, and because I knew how busy the night would be, I did not shoot video. However, here is my game story from the match. Other results from around the section are below. I borrowed some material from our comrades over at the Poughkeepsie Journal.
We will be doing roundups like this for the remainder of the Section 1 tournament. And for those wondering, #Zacketology was 22-2 tonight, with Pearl River and Lakeland being my only two incorrect picks (although, I did have Lakeland-Yonkers down as my second option because I thought the Hornets would ‘sting’ the Bulldogs). Overall record for this year’s tournament: 22-3.
Mahopac 3, Ketcham 0: In a Section 1 Class AA first-round match, Alayne Felix had 12 kills in a 25-6, 25-15, 25-7 win over No. 15 Ketcham. Casey Link added 23 assists for No. 2 Mahopac. The 15th-seeded Indians lost to the second-seeded Indians, 25-7, 25-14, 25-5, despite eight assists and four digs from senior Gina Feeney, who coach Dan Pampalone called “hands down, the best setter I’ve ever coached in 20 years of coaching.” Rachel Tierney and Nicole Reuter added two kills each for Ketcham (5-16). “Our record truly didn’t reflect how we came together this year,” Pampalone said. “This is my most enjoyable year of coaching, I believe, in the recent past. The girls really worked well.” Mahopac hosts No. 7 John Jay-East Fishkill in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Clarkstown South 3, Carmel 0: In a Section 1 Class AA first-round match at No. 3 Clarkstown South, Barbara Kapustin had 18 kills in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-8 win over the No. 14 Rams. Nastasia Kapustin added 13 kills for the Vikings, who host the winner of No. 6 Fox Lane-No. 11 New Rochelle in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Clarkstown North 3, White Plains 0: In a Section 1 Class AA first-round match at No. 5 Clarkstown North, Kelly Chaney had nine kills in a 25-5, 25-8, 25-12 win over the No. 12 Tigers. Carly Amatuzzo added eight kills, 10 digs and four aces for the Rams, who play the winner of No. 4 Scarsdale-No. 13 East Ramapo at the higher seed in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
John Jay-East Fishkill 3, Mamaroneck 0: In a Section 1 Class AA first-round match at No. 6 John Jay-East Fishkill, Maddie Barberan had 11 kills and eight digs for No. 7 John Jay in a 25-11, 25-10, 25-10 Section 1 Class AA first-round victory over the 10th-seeded visitors. John Jay-East Fishkill, the defending sectional champion, will take on No. 2 Mahopac on the road Tuesday. Kirsten Zier added 11 kills and seven digs, while Samantha Fitzgerald had seven blocks and Ruth Martin added 15 assists. Patriots coach Maria Mahoney said she was “happy, relieved.” The Patriots lost twice in the regular season to Mahopac, with the second being a tight five-setter. “You never know,” Mahoney said. “Our girls seem positive. Hopefully it carries over.”
Arlington 3, North Rockland 2: In a Section 1 Class AA first-round match at No. 8 North Rockland, Amanda Schweitzer had 12 kills in a 25-22, 25-17, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23 loss. The No. 9 Admirals play at No. 1 Suffern in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Yorktown 3, Brewster 0: In a Section 1 Class A first-round match at No. 1 Yorktown, Catalina Munoz had 12 kills in a 25-11, 25-11, 25-9 win over the No. 17 Bears. Sarah Seger added seven kills and eight aces for the Huskers, who host No. 9 Beacon in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
John Jay 3, Rye 0: In a Section 1 Class A first-round match at No. 2 John Jay, Taylor McCarthy had 11 kills in a 25-5, 25-7, 25-12 win over the No. 15 Garnets. The Indians host No. 10 Ossining in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Panas 3, Lincoln 0: In a Section 1 Class A first-round match at No. 3 Panas, Bridget Walsh had eight kills and six aces in a 25-11, 25-9, 25-10 win over the No. 14 Lancers. Shauna O’Flaherty added six kills for the Panthers, who host No. 6 Harrison in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Ursuline 3, Tappan Zee 0: In a Section 1 Class A first-round match at No. 5 Ursuline, Shannon McKeon had 22 kills in a 25-15, 25-13, 25-13 win over the No. 12 Dutchies. Milena Ciaccia added 11 digs for the Koalas, who host No. 13 Lakeland in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Harrison 3, Somers 0: In a Section 1 Class A first-round match at No. 6 Harrison, Taylor Day had nine kills and six blocks in a 25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17 over the No. 11 Tuskers.
Beacon 3, Saunders 0: In a Section 1 Class A first-round match at No. 8 Saunders, Aneesa Dika collected 12 digs, 19 service points and five aces as the ninth-seeded Bulldogs beat the eighth-seeded hosts, 25-11, 25-13, 25-8, in a Section 1 Class A first-round match. Jasmine Buckley contributed seven kills and nine digs for the Bulldogs (12-9). “The girls did what they had to do and they’re moving on to the second round,” Beacon coach Ron Pagliaro said.
Byram Hills 3, Putnam Valley 0: In a Section 1 Class B first-round match at No. 4 Byram Hills, Guin Mesh had nine kills and eight digs in a 25-13, 25-11, 25-13 win over the No. 14 Tigers. Sarah Rose added six aces and nine digs for the Bobcats, who host No. 5 Hen Hud in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Hen Hud 3, Peekskill 0: In a Section 1 Class B first-round match at No. 5 Hen Hud, Kristin Loh had six kills in a 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 win over the No. 12 Red Devils. Alicia Niebrzydowski and Kelly Jahoda each added four kills for the Sailors.
Lourdes 3, Sleepy Hollow 0: In a Section 1 Class B first-round match at No. 7 Lourdes, Maggie Mikes had three aces and 12 digs in a 25-9, 25-18, 25-13 loss. Johanna Cepeda added eight assists for No. 10 Sleepy Hollow. Joanne Gregory led Lourdes with 26 assists and seven digs, while Briana Garnot (two aces, four digs) and Natalie Ciccone (three aces, 11 digs) each collected 10 kills. Julia Wheeler added eight digs and Jessica D’Auria had six kills and four digs. Lourdes will play at No. 2 Pelham in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Eastchester 3, Pleasantville 2: In a Section 1 Class B first-round match at No. 8 Eastchester, Alessia Moccia had 13 kills in a 25-16, 27-29, 22-25, 25-20, 26-24 win over the No. 9 Panthers. Juliana DiMirco added 22 assists for the Eagles, who play at No. 1 Ardsley in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Pawling 3, Woodlands 0: Jaclyn Smith finished with seven kills, 12 assists and six aces for host and sixth-seeded Pawling in a 25-6, 25-10, 25-13 Section 1 Class C first-round win over 11th-seeded Woodlands. Marissa Foster had six aces, and Mikayla Ward contributed six kills and one block for the Tigers (11-6), who play at third seed Westlake on Monday. “I thought we played well. We played extremely tight volleyball in the first set, allowing only six points. Our serving was aggressive and our serve receive was very good,” Pawling coach Jessica Pulford said. “We’re playing well and it should make for an interesting match on Monday.”
Hastings 3, Palisade Prep 2: In a Section 1 Class C first-round match at No. 7 Hastings, Austen Brauer had 18 aces in a 25-18, 25-5, 25-16 win over the No. 10 Phoenix. Asuka Akazawa added 10 aces for the Yellow Jackets, who play at No. 2 Blind Brook in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Croton-Harmon 3, Valhalla 1: In a Section 1 Class C first-round match at No. 8 Valhalla, Tess Judge had 27 kills in a 25-14, 23-25, 25-12, 25-20 win. The No. 9 Tigers play at No. 1 Dobbs Ferry in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Monday.