The season didn’t exactly start how the Fox Lane volleyball team had planned with a difficult stretch of games resulting in five straight losses. But the Foxes kept plugging along and found their confidence when they pulled off a five-set comeback win over Westlake on Oct. 1.

Fox Lane continued making positive strides with a 3-1 victory over visiting Ossining on Oct. 8. 

“Our girls have been working so hard to get this win,” Fox Lane coach Rick Leite said. “Our outsides did an outstanding job. We were playing strong defense, getting everybody on point and we got the win."

The Foxes cruised to victory in the first set, 25-12, but dropped a nail biter in set two, 26-28. Fox Lane then pulled off a 25-20 win in the third set to go up 2-1.

In the fourth set, the Foxes fell behind 8-1 and later trailed 16-12 but rallied back. A Sofia Giaimo kill cut the deficit to 17-16 and senior Corinne Wierzchowski’s ace tied it up. The teams were tied at 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23. A kill by Wierzchowski gave the Foxes a 24-23 lead but Ossining tied it up again at 24-24. It was Wierzchowski again as she dropped a kill into an open spot in the Pride’s defense but it was tied again at 25 shortly thereafter.

Fox Lane netted a 26-25 lead on a Giaimo kill and Sophia Cleveland’s ace closed out the match as the Foxes won the final set 27-25.

“Volleyball is unforgiving,” Leite said. “We knew we were going to come back after Ossining went on their run. We just had to stay strong and we did. I could see we were focused.”

Wierzchowski and Giaimo paced the Foxes at the net with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Wierzchowski also tallied six aces while Giaimo picked up five aces. Cleveland and Sabrina Crerend added four kills and three aces apiece. Crerend also dished out nine assists. Isabella Weisse had nine assists, two aces and three digs. 

“It was a team effort,” Leite said.

Fox Lane, which picked up its third win of the season, will look to build off the victory over the Pride. The Foxes were scheduled to travel to Scarsdale B on Oct. 13, to host White Plains at 11 a.m. on Oct. 16, to head to Ossining for a 4:30 p.m. game on Oct. 20 and to welcome Scarsdale B at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.

“Every week I can see with these girls — their eyes and their focus — they’re so ready,” Leite said. “We’ve been waiting for this moment. All the hard work that they put in day in and day out, it’s paying off.”

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