The final home game for the varsity volleyball team was played on Wednesday, October 3rd versus Forsyth Country Day. Salem Academy had a bit of a slow start during the first game and lost to FCDS, 10-25. Game two brought some life back into the competition but the second match also went to FCDS, 25-17. However, game three was a turning point for Salem Academy and they came in fighting non-stop, showing FCDS just how strong of a team they are and pulled out a crushing win of 25-14. The fourth game was back and forth with points but ultimately went to FCDS, 25-15.
Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy, and Maggie Campbell were the top contributors with serving, each with consistent serves in the double digits and a few aces. Hannah Brothers, Dania, Caroline Drupka, and Maggie Dees were the most consistent and strategic hitters, each with a number of attempts and several kills. Dania displayed strong hustle with getting to the second ball to set for her offense and executed with strength and precision. Blocking was a shining strength with the offensive front row working together to form a literal wall that frustrated the power hitters at FCDS. Caroline had two solo blocks and five assists, Maggie had four solo blocks and two assists, Tochi Okoli had three solo blocks and two assists, with Hannah, Dania and Miracle all contributing with blocking assists. Digging was dominated by Hannah with seven remarkable passes, Maggie C. with six digs, Miracle with five digs, Dania with four digs and Izzy Pare with three digs. Sara Kent Trollinger, Izzy, Maggie C. and Hannah were the life line to serve receive and came through when push came to shove.
This was a special match, not only because it was the final home game of the season but it was also Senior Night, where the varsity team honored and recognized the four seniors on the team, Hannah Brothers, Dania Shoaf, Miracle Etim-Andy and Tochi Okoli. They will be missed greatly next season but the coaches and team wish them the best of luck as they transition into their next phase of life.