CORTLANDT MANOR – For the final time in more than a decade, a Pelaccio played on the Hen Hud volleyball court Thursday. It was the final home match for Sailors libero Lindsay Pelaccio, and the senior was not about to play her final career match in Saturday night’s Class B section final.
Fortunately for the all-section defensive standout, she’ll have at least one more match with the Sailors after they swept Ardsley, 25-20, 25-16, 25-19, at Walter Panas High School.
.@HenHudFanBase sweeps Ardsley to claim its second Section 1 Class B title in three years. #NYSPHSAA pic.twitter.com/GC15v0n4At— Mike Zacchio (@mike_zacchio) November 8, 2015
“Following my sisters for the last 12 years, it’s been crazy trying to fill their footsteps,” said Pelaccio, whose sisters Kristina and Jessica also won section titles with the Sailors. “It was just a great experience. This team is not just a team, they’re a family.”
Pelaccio will continue to follow in her sisters footsteps next year when she suits up for SUNY Oneonta. Kristina, the oldest of the Pelaccio triumvirate, was a libero for the Red Dragons, while Jessica is currently a setter in her junior year.
“I think it’s going to be fun because my sister is going to get to play with me again for one last year,” Pelaccio said.
First she’ll have to finish out her high school career, which will continue Saturday, Nov. 14, when the Sailors play in the Class B state regional final against the semifinal winner of the Section 4 and Section 9 representatives.
The match will be the fourth and final regional final of the day at John Jay-Cross River High School, with a projected start time of 3 p.m.
The Pelaccios are just one of several families who have had a hand in the Hen Hud dynasty, which has now won 13 section titles in the last 15 seasons.
Sailors junior Kirstin Loh and her sisters Morgan, a 2015 alumna, and Pamela, who is currently on the varsity, are one of three families with three siblings to have played in the Hen Hud system.
Loh sprained her ankle prior to Thursday’s semifinal against Westlake and did not play, but saw limited time Saturday in a serving-only role. Hen Hud head coach Diane Swertfager wasn’t nervous about the decision.
“I said, ‘Here’s the deal: you’re going to go in, serve some aces, step on the court, get a little flavor’ — she deserves it, she’s works really hard,’ ” Swertfager said. “She needed to be a part of this.”