Wreckers Bounce Back with Volleyball Win Over Harding

Paulina Tziolis  '10 finishes a pass from Zana Hrvacic '10, who, according to coach Bruce Betts, had

Paulina Tziolis '10 finishes a pass from Zana Hrvacic '10, who, according to coach Bruce Betts, had "a big responsibility with setting and front row positions." | Photo by Suzanne Kleine '11

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Rachel Chernok ’10 and Annie Nelson ’11
Features Editor and A&E Editor

Paulina Tziolis  '10 finishes a pass from Zana Hrvacic '10, who, according to coach Bruce Betts, had "a big responsibility with setting and front row positions." | Photo by Suzanne Kleine '11

Paulina Tziolis '10 finishes a pass from Zana Hrvacic '10, who, according to coach Bruce Betts, had "a big responsibility with setting and front row positions." | Photo by Suzanne Kleine '11

Making a strong comeback from their devastating loss against Ludlowe last month, the varsity girls’ volleyball team won their game against Harding on Oct. 21. Following the win, the team’s record stood at an impressive 13–2.

Hall and Oates blared in the gym as the girls warmed up their bumps and sets, getting ready for the game ahead, until they dispersed with a round of high fives.

The first set brought the team’s starting players to the court: Suvi Puripattarapan ’10, Eleni Tsilfides ’10, Paulina Tziolis ’10, Jenny Johnston ’10, Madeline Kalb ’10 and Zana Hrvacic ’10.

At the top of the set, Puripattarapan made a strong first serve, and Tziolis and Kalb scored with big spikes each.

The team led with 16—12 at the first time out. Returning to the court, Alex Masiello ’11 dived in to save a hit by Harding from reaching the ground. The team was in sync as each play began to flow smoothly; with a set, spike and bump, each point was earned.

“We got off to a slow start,” coach Bruce Betts said. “It was the type of game we had to work very hard at.”

The next two sets continued as smoothly as the first, each game won in shut outs by the Wreckers. From first to last, the games scores were as follows: 25—16, 25—17, 25—14.

Senior players didn’t fail to disappoint in this game. Tziolis finished with 11 kills; Kalb with 25.

Hrvacic totalled 8 kills of her own, along with a whopping 40 assists.

“Zana had a good game,” Betts said. “She has a big responsibility with setting and front row positions.”

But, he added, “it’s hard to pick out a real superstar. I think all 17 girls contributed to the win today.”

Lucy Stanley ’11 agreed that the team played well, and many of the girls who don’t normally get to play were able to have some action on the court.

“We went into this game knowing we needed to come out with a win to continue our reputation in the FCIAC,” Johnston said. “I’m really excited to see how the rest of the season plays out.”

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