On Monday, the varsity volleyball team traveled to Greensboro Day School and played an exciting and closely fought match. There has been so much improvement since the last time Salem Academy faced this team that their coach complimented Salem on their defense and said it was “insane and they picked up everything!” The first and games Salem lost 19-25 and 22-25. During game three, Salem proved to their opponents that they are a strong team. Salem won game three, 25-23. Game four was the moment of truth and everyone was sure there would be a repeat of last Friday’s match. Unfortunately, small accumulated errors allowed the score to slip in the competition’s favor and Salem lost game four, 19-25.
Serves were stellar with Dania Shoaf, Hannah Brothers, Maggie Campbell, Izzy Pare, and Miracle Etim-Andy showing their skills of strength and consistency, with Sara Kent Trollinger having a total of four aces and a number of strong serves!
Defense and digs were quite nearly at the collegiate level, with hustle and fearlessness displayed by Hannah, Dania, Maggie C., Sara Kent, and Izzy. With improved passing Dania was able to set 35 attempts, only needing assistance by Hannah and Tochi Okoli on a few occasions. These consistent sets allowed the front and back row players to show Greensboro Day just how powerful everyone is! The team members ended the day with the following stats: Hannah 18 attempts and nine kills, Dania, 15 attempts and five kills, Maggie Dees, 16 attempts and five kills, Caroline Drupka, six attempts and three kills, Miracle, 10 attempts and two kills, Maggie C., six attempts and one kill, Izzy, four attempts, Tochi, three attempts and one kill, and Sara Kent with three attempts.
As is the new trend for Salem Academy, blocking was off the charts incredible! Caroline and Maggie D. crushed Greensboro Day with 13 and 12 solo blocks, accompanied by 36 assist blocks each! Contributing to this skyscraper tower of a wall on Salem’s front row was Tochi with four solo blocks and 29 assists, Miracle with three solo blocks and 29 assists, Dania with 13 assists and Hannah with five assists.
Everyone is so proud of the varsity volleyball team and how far they have come as a team and also individually. It is very exciting to see what level they will rise to next!