Lady Hurricanes win home opener
Block Island School hosted Scituate High School in the Hurricanes’ first home volleyball match on Saturday, and it came right down to the wire.
The Lady Hurricanes won the first game handily, 25 to 18 and looked on their way to a quick victory. With powerful jump serves by Amira Wilson, several blocks by Rory Crawford and Bailey Payne, and tenacious defense by libaro Campbell Coviello, the ‘Canes dominated early. Setter Callie Weber put the ball in the perfect spot for Wilson, Payne, and Crawford to deliver spike after spike, overwhelming the Scituate defenders.
The second game was closer, with Block Island squeezing out a two point victory in front of the packed stands. This was the first indoor high school sporting event open to the public since the Covid pandemic swept the country, and Block Islanders came out in force to support the
ladies’ volleyball team.
The team consists of 14 girls, which is close to three quarters of the female high school population. The rest of the school seemed to be in attendance, along with representatives of most families on the island.
The third game was also tight, this time with Scituate earning a two-point victory.
The visitors rode their momentum to an early seven to three lead in the fourth game, with Hurricanes’ Coach Rob Martin calling a timeout to get his team back on track.
Martin didn’t have any magic for the fourth game, and Scituate won 25 to 23 to pull even in the set at two games apiece.
For the fifth and final game, the Lady Hurricanes went back and forth with Scituate, but eventually pulled ahead and never looked back. Pandemonium ensued as the final point was called, with the Hurricanes celebrating their first home win in front of the raucous crowd, bringing
their season record to 1-2. The Hurricanes have a home game Friday, October 1 at 4:30 p.m. against Woonsocket, and another home game on Saturday, October 2 at 12:30 against Tolman High School.