Girl’s Volleyball Drops Emotional Match to Camden Catholic

Girl’s Volleyball Drops Emotional Match to Camden Catholic

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On a night where the girl’s volleyball team honored its four seniors, the Pirates (17-11) dropped an emotional match to Camden Catholic (17-2).

Ally Herron, Christina Strough, Joana Ostrowski and Rebecca Carberry were all honored on Monday night.

“They (the seniors) have really been a huge part of this program,” head coach Sara Skvir said. “Coming in as freshmen I always tell them I wish I had video of them how bad their mechanics are. Watching them grow and take leadership, not only this year, but also last year when they were on varsity. It really helps the younger players and sets the tone for the next couple years.”

The 2-1 setback comes with just a couple of matches left on the regular season schedule for the Pirates, who should know their playoff seeding on Wednesday.

“You learn from this and you take this game into the playoffs and you turn it around and we win this game in the playoffs,” Skvir said.

With the win, Camden Catholic took the season series from the Pirates, winning both matches 2-1.

After honoring the seniors pre-game, the Pirates came out on fire in the first set, besting the Irish by six points, 25-19 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

“That first set, everything went right for us,” Skvir said. “They were hyped up, they played smart, they served smart, they hit hard and it just kept going. It felt good and I could see it in their eyes, they wanted it.”

The second set saw a back-and-forth affair at the start, but the Irish eventually pulled away to win 25-18 and tie the match.

“Going into game two, they may have been a little over-excited and made a few errors,” Skvir said.

In the third set, the Irish went up 8-4 early and never looked back en route to a 25-13 victory in the set and 2-1 match win over girl’s volleyball.

“Game three, Camden Catholic hit all their spots,” Skvir said. “They hit the ball where we were not every single time and we just couldn’t come back.”

Girl’s volleyball returns to the court on Wednesday, October 28 with a match against Winslow¬†at 3:45pm. They finish the regular season against Burlington City on Thursday, October 29 at 3:45pm. Both matches are at home.

“For us, we need to go into those games not playing down to anyone else’s level and getting our game back and playing smart,” Skvir said regarding the final two matches this week.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com

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