YORKTOWN – When the dust had finally settled Thursday afternoon, Katy Sherwood sat at her office desk “mentally exhausted,” running her fingers through her blonde hair.
And that was after the Huskers won their match against Hen Hud, 25-14, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16.
“Obviously Hen Hud, they’re going to come to play no matter what, and if you don’t think that, you’re a fool,” Sherwood said. “They made it very difficult for us.”
Both Yorktown (12-1) and Hen Hud (9-2) entered the match as reigning section finalists, with the Huskers reaching the Class A final last year and the Sailors claiming the Class B crown. The teams are now in Class A together, where they were each ranked among the top five teams in the class by The Journal News/lohud.
After a sluggish start, Hen Hud went on a 12-4 run to close out the second set before falling to Yorktown. The Sailors kept their momentum flowing through a third-set victory and into the fourth, where they led 10-6 before a Huskers timeout recharged the team.
“Our passing was very off today, so that makes it hard,” Sherwood said.
Yorktown had planned to see Sailors standout junior outside hitter Zoe Staats at the match, but not like this.
Staats was sidelined with a stress fracture in her left fibula suffered this past weekend. Instead of spandex and sneakers, the talented southpaw traded in her traditional game-day gear for black leggings, a brown Ugg boot on her right foot, and a black medical boot on her left.
Staats, a Journal News/lohud preseason Super 7 selection, said she will be reevaluated by doctors next week.
“I told my team not to even think about that,” Sherwood said, regarding Staats. “They still have to come out and play just as hard if she were in the game, and clearly, it doesn’t matter who is out on Hen Hud — they’re going to play hard.”
Yorktown libero Michelle Seger, who would’ve been tasked with defending most of Staats’ attacks, had a hard time masking her emotion once she saw Staats would be out of commission.
“Right when I saw her in leggings, I ran over to Sherwood and I was like, ‘Zoe is out? What?!’ ” said Seger, who still had her hands full with the Sailors’ offense, registering 30 digs in the win. “Definitely a relief.”