An Unforgettable Senior Night
10/20/15 Written by Bernie Allen
The JV team set the tone and the varsity followed suit with two exciting wins over Penfield on Senior Night at Sutherland.
Coach Lynne Allen’s squad remained unbeaten as they took the final two games from the Patriots 25-23 and 25-23 after losing the first game 25-19. Penfield sent an arsenal of shots over the net but the Knights turned them back with 63 digs including 24 from Hannah Catello-Stooks, who earned player of the game honors. Sidra Morchower handed out 17 assists including 11 to Sophie Shemirani and Cami Eder who had 6 kills and 5 kills, respectively. The team also had 10 aces including 4 from Ronnie Hollenberg.
The stage was set for the varsity showdown. Prior to the start of the match, the seven seniors from Penfield were introduced and given flowers by a Sutherland player. The Sutherland seniors and their parents were then introduced. The players being honored were Melanie Marsh, Andrea Green, Leah Sherman, Hope Shuman, Sarah Blowers, Aliah Bowllan and Andrea Allen.
The 10-1 Patriots were firing on all cylinders and took the first game 25-18 but the never-say-die Knights fought back to win the next three games 25-20, 25-21 and 25-23 in front of a packed gymnasium. Sarah Blowers and Savvy Bothner led the hitting attack with 30 kills. Andrea Green added 5 kills and 2 blocks. Kieran Nanavati had 5 kills and Hope Shuman notched 2 kills. The defense was led by libero Aliah Bowllan who had 29 digs. Andrea Allen also had 25 digs to go with her 40 assists. Blowers and Bothner combined for 32 digs and Mary Bayer had a big night contributing 8 digs.
The Knights traveled to West Irondequoit to face the Eagles with the league championship on the line and came away with three-game victory, 25-14, 25-23 and 25-21. The tandem of Blowers and Bothner accounted for 23 kills, 5 aces and 23 digs. Andrea Green had 7 kills and 2 timely blocks. Freshman Kieran Nanavati continues to improve as she added 6 kills. Aliah Bowllan had another outstanding night with 28 digs and Andrea Allen had the offense running smoothly with her 34 assists and 20 digs.
The team heads to Webster Schroeder to take on the Warriors on their senior night. Sectional play begins next week. The opponent is yet to be determined.