A Season of Firsts for Girl’s Volleyball in 2016

A Season of Firsts for Girl’s Volleyball in 2016

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The Pirates girl’s volleyball team enjoyed a season of firsts in 2016 with the first win and first playoff game in the new gymnasium at Cinnaminson High School, which ended with a 12-12 record.

Cinnaminson opened the year dropping two consecutive matches on the road before reeling off seven in a row.

The first win of the season came against Pennsauken 2-0. It was the Pirates third straight match to open the year on the road.

Cinnaminson christened the new gymnasium in their fourth match of the year when the Pirates hosted Sterling.

Cinnaminson came away with a 2-1 victory in three sets to even their record at 2-2.

“I think I would call it our most memorable win…our home opener against Sterling,” head coach Sara Skvir said “It was such a fun & intense game to coach and watch the girls stay so focused to the very end.”

The Pirates would reel off five more wins to move to 7-2 on the year before dropping four straight.

The remainder of the campaign was an up and down one for the team, but Cinnaminson picked up enough wins to earn a first round home playoff game.

“They never gave up in games and always worked extra hard at practice,” Skvir said. “They also never lost ‘hope’ in their teammates.”

The Pirates hosted Delaware Valley as the #13 seed. Cinnaminson won the first set 25-21, but dropped the next two 25-27 and 22-25 to drop the match 2-1.

“I absolutely expected them to play their hearts out,” Skvir said. “We knew going into the game it was going to be a close game with long rallies. Both teams had the same strengths and weaknesses, it was like we were playing against ourselves. I couldn’t be more proud of how well they played; their concentration, energy, and how well they executed each point was what we focused on leading up to the match. Unfortunately, we came up a few points short, but it was a great game to be a part of.”

Skvir offered her final thoughts on the season and her most improved players.

“It’s hard to pick just one player. They all evolved so much throughout the season.”

“Kelly Sigmund really stepped up as a first year setter. She was unsure of herself to start the season and ended being one of the best in the league by making it on the All-Star team.┬áBoth my middles, Danielle Sobolusky and Prisca Blamon, really challenged each other in practice and at tournaments by competitions with blocks and it showed towards the end of the season.”
“Rebecca Martino, the only junior on the varsity squad, also improved a lot. We worked with her one-on-one multiple times to help with her hitting mistakes and it really showed during the playoff game.”
“I’m looking forward to what next year has in store for her and all of the other underclassmen.”

Tomorrow we continue our fall 2016 season review series with a look back at the girl’s tennis campaign.

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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