Central Regional High School girls volleyball player Danielle Myers warned the Golden Eagles’ opponents.
“Teams better watch their backs as Central Regional is coming on,” she said Wednesday after its 25-16 and 25-20 wins over Manchester in Shore Conference Class B South.
Central (2-0, 2-0) dispatched the Hawks in two games for the first time in school history.
“What’s so neat about it is our team is five years old and in almost every match we achieve a milestone,” said coach Jeff Mangold, the founder of the program. “The girls work so hard. We have come a long way in a very short time. The girls are getting better every year. That’s the whole ideology of the program.”
“We had good communication today,” Central outside hitter Samantha Farreau said. “We never gave up. We kept moving. Everyone wanted to win. This is a real big win for us. It’s great to beat them in two games. We played our hearts out. Knowing our hard work paid off feels good. The girls gave it 100 percent.”
Myers said the Golden Eagles hustled to the win over the Hawks (0-3, 0-2).
“We kept fighting to the end,” she said. “We never gave up on any of the balls. We hustled to the end. We communicated.”
The Golden Eagles’ captain and an outside hitter, Myers finished with four kills, four digs, two assists and two aces.
“What she has brought to us in four years is an energy,” Mangold said. “She plays traveling ball. She is consistent. When she shows up, I know what I am getting.”
Farreau contributed six kills in 13 attempts and three digs.
“Last year in a 25-0 win over Lacey, she served 25 straight serves, including 15 aces,” Mangold said. “She is explosive. She hits harder than anyone else on the team. She is a winner. She puts it out there in every match. The best part is that she is a junior so I get another year of her.”
Myers said the Golden Eagles are off to their quick start because of team unity.
“We have been together for awhile and we’re getting our skills down,” she said. “We’re working as hard as we can. Our hard work is paying off. We’re basically working on being a team. We’re working on keeping our heads up. We’re not letting ourselves get down mentally. We motivate each other. We know our skills are there.”
Myers said she anticipated a strong start.
“I’m not surprised at all that we’re 2-0,” she said. “We deserve it. We deserve it. We play hard and fight for it. We deserve every second of winning. These girls are my second family. We’re playing a game we love. Volleyball comes naturally to me.”
For Central, 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter Katelyn Kuster notched eight kills in 14 attempts. Senior setter Audra Didzbalis added 11 assists. Senior middle blocker Brianne Allender contributed three kills, two blocks and five digs.
“This is a great team,” Mangold said. “All of the girls get along. They are a pleasure to coach.”
Manchester senior setter-hitter Kylie Siemanowicz, who briefly left the second game because of a stinger to her right knee, put up four digs, two blocks, seven kills and six assists.