Girl’s Volleyball Posts Most Wins Since 2011

Girl’s Volleyball Posts Most Wins Since 2011

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With just three seniors on the 2015 squad, the girl’s volleyball team came into the season relying on a host of younger players on the court.

The seniors; Ally Herron, Christina Strough and Joana Ostrowski all spent significant time on the court for the Pirates, who finished with a 19-12 record.

The 19 wins are the most for the program since winning 18 matches in 2011.

Even though the Pirates are graduating just three seniors, all three leave very big shoes to fill both on and off the court.

“Determination, never giving up, not settling to be mediocre and going hard at every practice,” head coach Sara Skvir said of her senior class. “I’m only losing 3 seniors, but they are big shoes to fill and the underclass girls need to step up their game for next season.”

Cinnaminson plays in two conferences, the West Jersey Volleyball League and the Olympic Conference, which makes their schedule one of the toughest in South Jersey in terms of opponents faced and games played.

At one point, the Pirates played eight games in 10 days, including a tough match at home against a talented Moorestown squad.

“It was nice to play tougher competition. Everything about our game improved through our last match,” Skvir said. “Playing stronger teams helped us to see our weaknesses and we improved on those aspects as the season wore on.”

Outside of two regular season matches with Moorestown, the Pirates also had matches against Rancocas Valley, Camden Catholic, Sterling and Seneca.

“Between scrimmages, tournaments and regular season, we played them (Rancocas Valley) multiple times,” Skvir said. “They are a strong team, it was always a challenge for us and tested us not only physically, but mentally as well. With the exception of one game, we played very well against them.”

The first Sterling match was a 2-0 loss, but the second was one of the best wins the Pirates enjoyed en route to their 19 on the year.

“The first time we played them, they dominated both games,” Skvir said. “Second time around at our place, it was an intense back and forth game that ended in victory for us. The girls played hard and fought through every point.”

Senior night saw the Pirates host Camden Catholic, who had defeated Cinnaminson 2-1 earlier in the season. The Pirates won the opening set, 25-19, but fell in consecutive sets to drop the match 2-1.

Despite the loss late in the regular season, girl’s volleyball was in position to earn a playoff spot. The Pirates received the 20-seed in the Group 2 Tournament.

The team traveled to 13-seed Rumson-Fair Haven, falling 2-0 to end the season. Despite falling in two sets, the Pirates showed the determination Coach Skvir spoke of earlier.

“The girls stopped giving up early on. If we were down a few points, we would struggle with getting our heads back in the game. By the end of the season we were able to refocus, dig deep, and fight back to get us back in the game.”

“It really showed in our playoff game against Rumson-Fair Haven. Set two we were down 21-9, and we fought back one point at a time. Even though we didn’t win, the final score was 25-19.”

The playoff appearance this year was the fifth in the last six years for the girl’s volleyball squad.

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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