The Woodland Girls Volleyball team defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders on Tuesday, November 3rd, knocking them out of the NVL tournament.
Similar to the Hawks regular season games, the girls were dominant to begin their post-season. The Hawks started off the game forcefully leading the Crusaders 3-0 early. With the Woodland girls working hard to compile blocks and aces, they were able to take an early 8-2 lead.
Woodland then caused a few errors, which allowed Holy Cross points making the score 8-5. But, Woodland was not going to allow Holy Cross to take the lead, let alone catch up. The Hawks went on a 5-0 run to increase their lead to 14-6.
Woodland allowed Holy Cross to score 3 points (14-9) but went on another lead (6-0) to make the score 19-9. With a 10 point lead, it was obvious that the Hawks were going to secure the first game. Despite having a few errors towards the end of the first game, Woodland took an assertive win, 25-18
The Hawks were powerful in the second game, despite the Crusaders taking the lead early in the game for two possessions. Woodland took the lead at 4-3 and kept it for the rest of the game.
With the wide range of Woodland’s skilled players, they kept Holy Cross from scoring a cluster of points the whole game. Towards the middle of the game, Woodland had a small lead of three (12-9) but they would not let Holy Cross catch up all the way.
The Hawks defense helped to allow the Crusaders to score only 6 more points for the rest of the game. Woodland came out to win the second game 25-19.
By the looks of the first two games, it seemed as if Woodland was going to easily take the third game. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The Hawks had to work aggressive to capture this game.
In the beginning of the third game, Woodland had excessive errors which allowed Holy Cross to take leads. However, the leads that were taken by the Crusaders would not take the Hawks out of the game.
The largest lead for Holy Cross was 3-7. After Head Coach James Amato called a timeout, the team came out and played the way everyone knows they can play.
Woodland and Holy Cross went back and forth with scoring but Woodland had plenty of answers. Senior Stephanie Badale contributed with kills. Senior Kate Frenette’s ace helped Woodland to eventually take the lead and fire up the Woodland fans.
After the 12-16 mark of the game, Woodland had three consecutive points. Senior Erika Barnett had a block, Badale had a kill, and Senior Lindsey Wirsing had an ace. That would make the score 15-16.
Badale kept her kills coming, which tied the score at 16-16. After two Holy Cross errors, Woodland was able to take a 18-16 lead. Badale contributed with two more kills and Senior Desiree Duby had an ace which allowed Woodland to increase their lead to 23-17. Holy Cross could not contain the volleyball which led to an abundance of errors on their part. Woodland was able to control the ball, taking the win at 25-17
Badale led Woodland with 9 kills. Senior Kaiti Lembo compiled eight kills while Barnett had seven. Senior Kate Frenette led the team in aces at three. Junior Jess Patrizi, Duby, and Wirsing all had two aces apiece. Patrizi led the team in assists with 18.
Wirsing had a team high ten digs. Also contributing with digs were Patrizi with nine, Lembo with eight, and Duby with seven.
Woodland hopes to continue their NVL run in hopes of winning the title.