NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The volleyball team opened up the season with three matches this past weekend. The Blue Angels captured the win in their first match of the weekend against Sarah Lawrence College holding the control from the beginning. The three set sweep finished with scores of 25-15, 25-11, and 25-18. The team finished with 32 kills. The leaders were sophomores Imani DeBose with 7 kills and Cristal Michelle Liciaga had 6 kills. Senior Fabiola Angeli Padilla Rios had perfect night attacking finishing with 4 kills off four attempts. The team finished the night with a .232 hitting percentage.
CNR 0 - Manhattanville 3
In their second match of the weekend the Blue Angels battled against the Valiants, but fell short losing in three sets, 21-25, 20-25, and 21-25. The match was back and forth until it was tied at 10-10 in the first set. The Valiants pulled ahead to 13-10 and kept the lead the remainder of the set. The Blue Angels fell behind at the beginning and were not able to find the lead anytime during the set. CNR came out the third set and pulled ahead until Manhattanville tied the game up at 19-19. The Valiants secured the match with a kill from their middle attacker.
CNR 0 - Montclair 3
The Blue Angels final match of the weekend ended in three straight sets. The team could not seem to find a groove during this match. The three set match finished 13-25, 18-25, and 21-25. Montclair pulled out right from the beginning leaving the Blue Angels stunted. The team rebounded and came back to start the second set off strong, fighting to keep it a close game. The third set pulled the Blue Angels out to 10-4 lead over the Red Hawks. CNR was unable to sustain the lead and fell to the Montclair Red Hawks in a competitive set.
The weekend spotlighted two seniors on the CNR roster. Middle Blocker Tamara Beckford and Outside Fabiola Angeli Padilla Rios. Beckford tallied up 21 kills finishing the weekend with an exceptional .486 hitting percentage. "I really enjoyed watching this senior come alive on the court. We worked hard on our middle hitters transitioning faster so we can use them more often and Tamar stepped up and did a great job during all three matches" - Coach Kaufman. Padilla Rios finished the weekend with 20 digs and 8 kills. "She was injured the last month of our previous season and has been working hard to earn her time on the court. Her time started in the second set against Sarah Lawrence and she immediately had an impact on the court" - Coach Kaufman.
The Blue Angels are back in action this Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 PM. They will travel up Mount Saint Mary in Newburgh, New York.