Girls volleyball is killin’ it

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 5:15pm

Ladies and gentleman, buckle up. It’s volleyball season!

Yes, volleyball. To be exact: girls varsity volleyball. For those of you who were unable to follow last season, the girls finished with a 7-9 record — making it to the quarterfinals and losing to Narragansett. As you can imagine, this left a sour taste in the lady Hurricanes’ mouths, although it was a great season.

It also is the driving force to give the Hurricanes something they were missing the previous year. Whatever it was, they found it, starting the season with an outstanding record of 9-1. Left in the devastating path of the Hurricanes were Rogers High School, Tiverton, Mt Pleasant, Central High School, Narragansett, Times 2 Academy, and Providence Country Day; with one loss to the defending champions, St. Raphael Academy.

Three Saturdays ago, the Hurricanes faced off against Narragansett with heart-stopping rallies, killer spikes, and unbelievable digs.

Capt. Moira O’Neill led the Hurricanes with 22 assists, six kills, one ace and one block. Charlotte Hall had an outstanding performance with nine kills, two aces, three blocks and one dig. Sophie Mott provided ooohs and ahhhs with her explosive hitting, which landed her nine kills, one block and three assists. Sophomore Amira Veldman-Wilson added another eight kills to the catch, while libero (defensive specialist) Savanah Brown refused to let anything hit the ground on the Hurricanes’ side of the court. Others who contributed to this victory over Narragansett were Junior outside hitter Lucy Rigby-Leather, senior outside hitter Micheala Padien-Brown, senior outside/middle hitter Alison Pineda, and sophomore outside passer Stella Gockenbach.

Had you attended this game, you would have noticed the technicality and form of the Hurricanes while operating on their side of the court. Such skill of the game can only be achieved by dedication and hard work. They received that this summer at URI volleyball camp and locally at Second Path 4v4 beach volleyball league.

Two weekends ago, they had another opportunity to test their skills against Times 2 Academy, which the Hurricanes beat 3 to 1. The Hurricanes had another victory at home against PCD. Our local ladies got an early lead which gave them the opportunity to empty the bench allowing all of the lady Hurricanes to have a hand in the win over PCD.

With the girls’ early winning streak, one can only wonder is there a championship in the cards for the Lady Hurricanes this year?

Assistant coach Jamie Newell said “they continue to exceed my expectations everyday, and we have a real shot of bringing home this championship.”

On behalf of the Block Island Varsity volleyball team we would like to say thank you to all the parents, generous donors, volunteers and staff that have helped make our volleyball program the success that it is today.

Come see the Lady Hurricanes on Friday, Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Tiverton High School and Saturday, Oct. 19 against Hope High School at 12:30 p.m. at the Block Island School gymnasium.