John Jay remained unbeaten on the season with an impressive four-set victory over visiting Yorktown on April 10 in Cross River.

The Wolves handed Yorktown their first loss of the Fall 2 season by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-19.

Yorktown had entered the match with an unblemished 11-0 mark.

Meanwhile, the win was Jay’s 10th in a row to start the season. The Wolves were the only unbeaten volleyball team left standing in Section I at day’s end.

Lily Preis paced Jay with 17 kills, six service aces, 21 digs and two blocks, while Allie Driesen recorded 49 assists to go along with six kills, four aces and a pair of digs.

The Wolves also received 22 kills and 11 digs from Kira McMann and seven kills and a dozen digs from Kaitlyn Varriale.

The Wolves clinched the win by persevering through a fourth set that saw them yield an early 8-1 as the Cornhuskers battled back to square the set at 13-13. After a time out, Jay took seven of the next eight points to gain control of the set once again, this time at 20-14. The Cornhuskers broke through with a kill by Allison Torres, but the Wolves answered with a Preis kill off of a set by Driesen, leaving Jay with a 21-15 advantage.

The teams traded the next four points before McMann buried a Driesen set to give Jay a 23-19 lead. McMann followed with an ace to bring the Wolves to set and match point. Varriale then ended the day when she sent a Driesen pass to the floor.

“Large leads early against a good team always scare me. They’re usually easily lost and that was the case today,” Jay head coach Tom Rizzotti said.

“They showed today how determined they are and how hard they’re willing to push,” he said of the team.

The Wolves took the first two sets, but each was a battle.

Leading just 20-19 in the opening set, Varriale converted a Driesen pass to put Jay up 21-19. Yorktown took two of the next three points to close to within one at 22-21 before Preis’ overhead save just stayed inside the end line to put the Wolves up 23-21.

A long serve by Driesen cut the Jay lead to only one point at 23-22, but a Preis block put Jay at set point.

McMann ended the first set by finishing a set by Driesen.

After leading most of the second set, the Wolves fell behind at 22-21 on a net violation. Jay caught a break when Yorktown misplayed the ball to even the set at 22-22. Preis followed with a pair of kills, each on passes by Driesen, which put the Wolves at set point at 24-22.

Yorktown controlled the third set, fended off a late run by the Wolves and extended the match to a fourth set with a 25-21 victory.

Jay came into the match with a win at home over Byram Hills April 7, completing a sweep of the home-and-home with the Bobcats.

The Wolves took the match at home by scores of 25-10, 25-19 and 25-17.

Kira McMann had 13 kills and an ace, while Preis notched a dozen kills, 10 digs and two aces. Driesen registered 29 assists and two aces. 

“Everyone got in the game and contributed in some way,” Rizzotti said.

Fox Lane

After opening the season with seven successive losses, Fox Lane reeled off three straight wins, taking down host Brewster in four sets April 5, defeating Horace Greeley in straight sets April 7 in Chappaqua and beating Greeley in Bedford two days later in four sets.

In Brewster, the Foxes prevailed by scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-12 and 25-20.

Adriana Piccolino had six kills for Fox Lane while Bella Weisse had seven digs.

The Foxes also received five kills and 20 digs from Corrine Wierzchowski, while Jada Singleton posed eight kills, 13 digs and five aces.

Nicole Castaldo posted 11 digs for the Foxes, who also picked up seven kills and 14 digs from Quinn Alami and six kills from Salma Soliman.

“The girls played with confidence during this game,” Fox Lane head coach Leslie Hearns said. “We were able to score aggressively and side out when needed. The team played great defense.”

In the match at Greeley, the Foxes swept the Quakers by scores of 25-20, 25-11 and 25-23. Then, in Bedford, the Foxes needed four sets to complete the sweep of the two-match season series, winning by scores of 25-23, 15-25, 25-21 and 25-21.

In the victory at Fox Lane, Piccolino had nine kills, while Wierzchowski notched six kills and a dozen digs.

Singleton recorded five kills, 14 digs and three aces in the win, while Alami registered eight kills and 22 digs.

Castaldo chipped in with 30 digs and Soliman with five blocks. 

Fox Lane, however, saw the winning streak snapped on April 12 when they were swept 11-25, 9-25 and 18-25 by visiting Lakeland.

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