Lady Dolphins KO’d in CUNYAC Quarterfinals

Women’s Volleyball Season Comes to an End Against Lehman College

By Francesca Miceli

The College of Staten Island Women’s Volleyball team was eliminated in their CUNYAC quarterfinal match in the Bronx against Lehman College on November 11.

For two long hours, both teams poured their hearts, blood, sweat, and tears into the final game, hoping for the best. However, Lehman wrapped up the season with a series shut out of 3-0, forcing the Dolphins to return home with another loss, which concluded their season with an overall record of 11-14.

Although they did not make it to the semi finals, the Dolphins coach, Juan Lopez, is not disappointed in the girls or their efforts this season.

“The best part of the game for me was being in the playoffs for the first time as head coach and seeing the hard work of my players pay off. They have come so far in a short period of time,” said Coach Lopez.

He plans to take the loss as an opportunity to regroup his girls and retrain them during the upcoming pre-season to fix their personal and team playing strategies.

Despite losing in three straight sets, CSI did have leads that they were unable to hold.

In the first set, the Dolphins came back from a 9-3 deficit and tied the game at 13.

Things looked to be in their favor, but Lehman went on a seven point run to go up 20-13. Both teams scored five points each to end the set, 25-18.

An early kill by Siobhan Granich in the second frame helped CSI to an early 3-2 lead, and further along, CSI cut Lehman’s lead to 8-7 on a Jonaldy Edouard kill. But the Lightning, again, made a run, this time 6-3 and aided by four English kills to jump out on top, 14-10.

CSI stayed within striking distance, and another kill by Edouard put the game in Lehman’s favor, but the Dolphins could not sustain the momentum as Lehman went on another 4-0 run to force CSI into a timeout at 23-18. Lehman scored another pair, giving them a 25-20 victory.

CSI dominated early in the second set. Four straight points, guided by three CSI kills, gave the visitors a 4-2 lead, and later, an 8-0 run by the Dolphins gave them a 13-9 lead, powered by two Granich aces and a Vanessa Reyes kill.

Again Lehman countered and the game was knotted at 17. In a recurring theme, Lehman heightened their game late, and this time, went on a 5-1 spurt on three English kills to grab a 22-18 lead. Another kill by English and an attack error by CSI ended the match, and the Dolphins’ season.

Leading the way for Lehman was English, who clocked in 22 kills on 36 attempts for an amazing .611 hitting percentage, while adding 12 digs. Julia Mercado posted 9 kills, contributing to a team high of 16.

For CSI, leading the way was Granich’s seven kills and four service aces. Reyes led the way with 16 digs.

The team’s key player of the night was, according to Coach Lopez, Pola Poskrobko, a senior, in position of middle hitter. In her final game as a Dolphin, she finished the night, and her college volleyball days, with three kills and a pair of blocks keeping the final score not so far from Lehman.

Poskrobko leads her team in points per set with 3.33, kills per set with 2.34, and blocks per set with .41 this season.

Coach Lopez was happy that the girls put points on the board. Remaining as coach, he and his team now have a lot of time during the postseason to work on their tactics for kills, blocks, aces, and digs, and also mentally and physically preparing themselves for the 2015 season.

“The game obviously didn’t go as we wanted; fundamentally we had some errors which put us in a hole,” Coach Lopez said. “We will use this experience to come out stronger next season.”

Other key players of the night’s game are as follows: Granich, a sophomore, in position as an outside hitter, Edouard, a sophomore in position as an outside hitter, Reyes who is a freshman, and in position as a setter.

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