Kennedy’s Down


Chase Carty

Students rise for the National Anthem before the game.

Chase Carty, Staff Writer

After back-to-back sweeps against Blake and Poolesville last week, the girls’ volleyball team returned to The Hive with a ton of momentum in last night’s game against John F. Kennedy high school. This momentum was critical in the girls’ success in extending their win streak to three, and their overall record to 3-3 with their third consecutive sweep against the Cavaliers.

The Hornets fixed up their mistakes as the game progressed, which ultimately caused the point gap to grow larger each set. They lost five points due to errors in the first set. However, that number shrank to only three in the second set, then to two in the third.

There was a lot of front-court action that took place, displayed by their 32 kills as a team, 24 of which came from junior outside hitters Caroline Botti and Avery Beall. There was also a lot of noteworthy defense at the net with seven team touches, including a solo block by sophomore middle blocker Elana Brooks. Senior setter Camilla Galeano, and juniors Emma Baldridge and Olivia Craca combined for over 30 assists in a truly impressive passing performance.

The back row also had a memorable performance thanks to junior libero Ashley Genau, who had nearly a dozen saves and digs throughout last night’s victory. Genau wasn’t alone, as defensive specialist senior Alex Zeppos chimed in with a couple of good passes and one save.

After a rocky start to the season, the Hornets have appeared to have clicked as a team which is the clear cause of their recent success. This upcoming Thursday, the 29th, Damascus travels to Gaithersburg for their next game where they’ll look to turn their record to a positive 4-3.

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