Rye Volleyball lost to Nanuet in the first round of playoffs, ending the season with an 11-8 record, and a series of wins in the run-up to playoffs.
The Nanuet match started out well with the team scorching their opponents 25-12.
“The team played their best volleyball of the season,” said Coach Geri Jones, “hitting aggressively, digging up what they sent over, and offering excellent blocking.”
In the second set, however, Nanuet adjusted to Rye’s aggressive play and pushed back, eking out a 26-24 victory.
“Then the train fell off the rails,” Jones said. “Instead of adjusting to win points, we increased our mistakes.”
The Garnets lost 16-25 and fumbled in the fourth set, losing 10-25.
Coach Jones, however, is looking ahead, and excited about the future of Rye High School’s Volleyball program, with only one player, senior captain Ava Hoogstra, not returning. “This is a talented, dedicated, motivated group,” she said.
That much is evident from the results of the last several games.
Against Rye Neck on October 19, the Garnets pulled out a 3-1 victory, amassing 32 kills and 10 blocks. On October 17, Rye swept Edgemont 3-0. The day before, the Garnets topped Pleasantville 3-1, recording 35 kills.