Volleyball season is over after loss to Bronx Science

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On November 15, the girls varsity volleyball season ended with a playoff loss against Bronx High School of Science.  Facing the fifth seeded Bronx Science, the girls put up a good fight but ultimately lost two sets to none, ending their season. The loss marked the second consecutive time that they have been eliminated from the playoffs by Bronx Science.

In the first set, which was lost 25-12, miscommunication and errors plagued the girls’ performance.  They fell behind early and were unable to mount a comeback.  Many times the ball would hit the floor uncalled.  In addition passing, hitting, and serving errors were hurting THHS throughout the first set and to a lesser degree in the second set.

Senior Selina Feng felt that the girls lost on serves, which she believes is the easiest ways to gain or lose points.

The same errors occurred in the second set.  Many girls didn’t know who was attacking, so they clumped together in the same area, leaving spots uncovered for easy Bronx Science kills.

However, the second set was better played than the first. The girls lost their final set of the season 25-13.

THHS collected eight kills, with senior captain Bianca Dilan, junior Lucy Lim, junior Kasey Wagner, and sophomore Leann Senat each having two.  Also sophomore Leann collected two blocks and junior Emma Noblesala had eight digs against a heavy hitting Bronx team, which totaled 33 kills.

Coach Weinstein was disappointed with the game but very proud of the girls’ performances. He said, “I had high expectations and hoped that they would play up to Bronx’s high level but they couldn’t.”

Lucy also agrees saying, “Despite putting up a good fight, we were unprepared because we haven’t played a team at that level.”

An emotional Bianca, who played in her last game included that she “can’t be mad because everyone played with heart and gave it their all.”  In addition, despite being disappointed with the way the game and season ended, Bianca is proud of her girls.

Reflecting on the season, Weinstein said that this was a “fairy tale season.  The girls beat who they were supposed to beat, and beat who they weren’t.”  He also added that he appreciates how the girls conducted themselves on the court and how the girls “gelled as a team.”

Lucy also saw this and said, “We weren’t the best team but because of our inseparable bond we worked so well together and played great.”

In Coach Weinstein’s first season at Townsend Harris the girls were able to advance to the second round  of the playoffs after not even making it to the playoffs last season. Most importantly for Weinstein, his team was able to create a family atmosphere that he hopes will allow them to make even greater improvements next season.

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