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