The Sabers lost to High Point Christian Academy on Tuesday. The girls fought hard and came back several times and held their own against the former state champions within their conference.
Salem lost the first game (11 to 25), the second (10 to 25) and the third (14 to 25), but the team never gave up. Hannah Brothers, Maggie Campbell, Sara Kent Trollinger and Izzy Pare led the team with a number of digs and receiving difficult serves. Dania Shoaf displayed determination by hustling to every ball, no matter what was passed to her, totaling a number of eight assists. Hannah, Miracle Etim-Andy, Tochi Okoli and Maggie Dees also stepped in with a number of assists when it was necessary. There were strong attacks by Miracle, Maggie D., Caroline Drupka and Hannah with several kills serving was strong all-around. Hannah, Dania , Sara Kent, and Maggie C. stood out with smart serving and several aces.
Friday’s match versus Westchester Country Day School was an exciting battle to four games! The team came together beautifully in a last minute line up change, due to the primary setter, Dania Shoaf, being too sick to compete. The first game was a clear adjustment to the improvised line up and lost 14-25. Going into the second game, the entire team held their heads high, remained energetic and won 26-24. Although match three and four were lost 25-27, 18-24, the team rose to a new level of play and revealed their true capabilities.
Overall, the entire team communicated well, covered their positions properly and were very disciplined with their fundamentals. Digging and passing have tremendously improved, with consistency and effort. Maggie Campbell, Tochi Okoli, Izzy Pare and Sara Kent Trollinger stood out with their passing and effort to reach balls that appeared to be unreachable. Hannah Brothers did an amazing job to step in as the setter, with little practice and earned 18 assists with a lot of hustle. The spiking was so hard, by Caroline Drupka (4 kills), Maggie Dees (8 kills), Tochi (5 kills) and Miracle Etim-Andy (7 kills) that the opponents never stood a chance. Blocking is continuing to strengthen with Caroline, Maggie D. and Tochi standing out and jumping up to shut down their opponents attacks. There were crushing serves and a number of aces all-around by Hannah Brothers, Miracle, Tochi, Izzy and Maggie C., with Sara Kent earning five aces and nine points.