WEST NYACK – Even with two high-quality wins against fellow Class AA programs under their belt, Suffern coach Sean Barnes still feels the Mounties have more work to do.
“We’re OK right now,” Barnes said after a 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 win at Clarkstown South on Wednesday. “We’re happy with the win, we’ve just got to play better overall.”
Suffern, which has now swept Scarsdale and Clarkstown South in back-to-back days, is adjusting to a smaller squad this year after losing eight seniors to graduation, including three 6-footers.
“Just working and meshing together is still what we’re working on most, and just making adjustments with our lack of height at times in front,” Barnes said. Even with a smaller squad, by its standards, Suffern did an admirable job of containing Clarkstown South’s plethora of height.
Senior outside hitters Taylor Cimillo and Sam Uline paced the Mounties offense with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Uline, who is orally committed to the University of New Orleans, a Division I program, applauded her team’s well-rounded play on Wednesday.
“I thought the girls did a really good job of mixing the shots up, playing defense, keeping the serves really consistent and tough to make (Clarkstown South) work for each point,” Uline said.
Senior setter Julia Hrycyk, who missed most of last season with a hip flexor injury, was tremendous in getting her teammates hittable balls. The 6-foot-2 veteran finished with 19 assists.
Vikings coach Paul Bacsardi said he was proud of the way his team fought on both offense and defense. Coming out of a timeout in the first game, Clarkstown South went from a team that looked afraid to hit, to the more aggressive style that has become synonymous with the program over the last four years.
“I said that we had to switch it around and get back to our tempo,” Bacsardi said. “It changed quickly right there; it was nice.”
Senior Barbara Kapustin paced the offense with 18 kills. Annie Singh added eight kills and Jenna Feinberg added 30 assists.
Best of the rest:Shannon Thomas and Natalie Boyd each had eight kills for North Rockland in a 25-9, 25-9, 25-19 win against visiting East Ramapo. … Shannon McKeon had 12 kills and five aces in Ursuline’s 25-17, 25-3, 25-9 win against visiting Mount Vernon. … Kailee Chimento had 22 kills for Pelham in a 20-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-22 win over visiting Byram Hills. Guin Mesh had 13 kills and 18 digs for the Bobcats. … Tatiana Tiangco had 17 kills for Scarsdale in a 25-22, 25-12, 25-19 win over visiting Mamaroneck. … Lindsey Kim had 12 kills, 21 digs and six aces for Blind Brook in a 23-25, 25-7, 25-15, 25-22 win at Irvington. … Alexis Demitrovic had 13 kills, 31 assists, 25 digs and seven aces in Dobbs Ferry’s 25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23 win over visiting Keio. Caity Perry added 12 kills and 25 digs. Kanako Bando had 16 kills and six aces for the Unicorns.