A team’s ability to serve-receive will often determine how successful it will be both in a given match and throughout the rest of the season.
Roosevelt’s Natae Quarles paced an Indians squad that topped Palisade Prep on Friday, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 25-3, by racking up 11 aces. Khadijah Ibrahim had seven aces and four kills for the Phoenix. Taniha Bryant chipped in with five aces of her own in the loss.
Roosevelt (2-0) has back-to-back wins to open its season, but neither have come against a league opponent. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of noise it can make in the league, which includes the likes of Yonkers and Saunders, among others.
Best of the rest: Valhalla’s Sam Morillo had 14 kills in a 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 win over Hastings. Kayla Gleason added four kills and seven assists. … Haldane’s Nicole Etta had 26 kills and seven digs in a 25-13, 15-25, 25-20, 25-18 win over Ossining. Mychael Vernon led the Pride with 18 kills. … Rye Neck’s Alexa Garcia had 11 aces in a 25-9, 25-7, 25-11 win over Woodlands. Jackie DeCicco added nine kills for the Panthers. … Putnam Valley’s Kiki Cruz had nine kills and six aces in a 17-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 win over Horace Greeley. Reena Olsen added four kills and six blocks for the Tigers. Alexis Cushman had seven kills and 22 digs for the Quakers in the loss. … Nanuet’s Rebecca Becourtney had 11 kills in a 25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 25-11 win over Briarcliff. Kayla Diaz added seven kills, 10 assists, eight aces and 11 digs for the Golden Knights. Simone Konrad had four aces and eight assists for the Bears. … John Jay-East Fishkill’s Kirsten Zier had 14 kills, 15 digs and five blocks in a five-game win over Fox Lane.
Friday, Sept. 4 scoreboard
Riverside 3, Yonkers Montessori 0
Roosevelt 3, Palisade Prep 1
Haldane 3, Ossining 1
Putnam Valley 3, Horace Greeley 1
John Jay-EF 3, Fox Lane 2
Rye Neck 3, Woodlands 0
Valhalla 3, Hastings 0
Peekskill 3, Hamilton 1
Nanuet 3, Briarcliff 1
Zacchio’s prediction record for the night: 8-1
Zacchio’s prediction record for the season: 25-3
My weekly column, which runs Mondays, will be based around whatever sport I’m covering (volleyball, girls basketball, softball) depending on the season… most of the time. I’ll be stopping by another football game Saturday, but to grab quotes and information; not to cover the actual game. The Sleepy Hollow tournament is the only thing on the volleyball slate. I’ll try and get all of that info up as soon as possible in the evening, but it’s my mother’s birthday, so my obligations to honor the woman who brought me into this world come before volleyball scores. I hope you understand.
Here’s the schedule for Saturday, Sept. 5:
Sleepy Hollow tournament, 8:30 a.m.