The girl’s volleyball team played its first-ever match at the brand new gymnasium at Cinnaminson High School on Thursday and came away with a 2-1 victory over Sterling.
“They were very excited to open the new gym and have our first home game here,” head coach Sara Skvir said. “It was nice to have three games under our belt.”
The Pirates are now 2-2 on the year.
“Coming off a win made it a little easier today,” Skvir said. “They were pumped, focused and in this game. I really had no doubt that we were going to walk away with a win.”
It was the second straight win over Sterling after taking down the Silver Knights by the same score towards the end of the 2015 season.
“I talked about that with them in pre-game,” Skvir said. “We split with them last season. We know what they have. Let’s get that win early in the season this year.”
Cinnaminson won the first set handily, 25-18, but fell 25-17 in the second set.
“We were really excited,” Andrea Benites said. “We wanted to give everyone a show. We won the first set, but they got momentum with a win in the second set.”
Tied 1-1 going into the third set, the Pirates got off to a strong start en route to a 25-23 victory to take the match.
“For us, I feel like it’s either win in two or lose in two,” Benites said. “Recently, we’ve had trouble with keeping focus. Your focus means everything. With the crowd here, we executed really well in the face of pressure.”
The Pirates led by as much as five late in the third set, 16-11, but Sterling fought back to tie the set at 17-17.
“They never gave up. I was so proud of the way they played,” Skvir said. “Even when we were down, they never gave up. They were diving on the floor, they were pushing balls deep and they were doing the basics.”
Cinnaminson then retook the lead, never to relinquish it again en route to the victory.
It was the first game of the season the Pirates played with the entire lineup intact.
“We’ve been dealing with injuries,” Benites said. “Gia Trzaska was out with an ankle injury. I fractured my rib. For all of us to be in one game at the same time since pre-season was something we needed.”
Girl’s volleyball takes to the court again on Saturday, September 17 at the West Windsor Crossover hosted by West Windsor-Plainsboro North at 9am.
“Now I think we can put it together. Let’s work on our offense. Our defense won us this game today,” Skvir said. “If we can build on our defense a little bit more and turn it into strong offensive plays, we’ll have a nice season.”
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