Ithaca Volleyball Opens 2022 Season with an Spectacular 5-Set Victory over Swarthmore

September 3, 2022

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca School volleyball program kicked off the 2022 Bomber Invitational with a nail-biting match towards the Swarthmore Garnet. Regardless of the back-and-forth rallying persevering with for 5 units, Ithaca prevailed to earn their first victory of the season. This win provides the Bombers a 1-0 document going into the remainder of the invitational the place they are going to sq. off towards SUNY Geneseo (1 p.m.) and No. 19 Gustavus Adolphus (6.p.m.) on Saturday in Ben Mild Gymnasium.
 
Ithaca got here out robust, outscoring the Garnet 101-89 in whole factors scored over the five-setter. The Bombers have been relentless on each offense and protection racking up 57 Kills and 61 Digs. Swarthmore trailed carefully behind, however their efforts weren’t sufficient to take down Ithaca’s powerhouse.
 
VS. SWARTHMORE (17-25, 25-18, 25-10, 19-25, 15-11)
 

  • Swarthmore dominated the primary set opening it up with a kill from Hannah Humphrey’s. Ithaca solely held a one-point lead for one play of the complete set with a kill from first 12 months Maddie Cox who caught the entrance line sleeping with a pleasant push over the web. After taking again the lead, the Garnet’s offense took off beating the Bombers by a 25-17 rating, taking a 1-0 benefit.
  • The Bombers got here out stronger within the second set with a robust kill by sophomore outdoors hitter Religion Sabatier. Ithaca was relentless from begin to end sustaining the lead for nearly the complete set. Alexandra Montgomery together with a number of Sabatier kills introduced the Bombers success on this set to tie up the match 1-1.
  • Ithaca took management of the third set early on, profiting from a number of attacking errors from Swarthmore. Sturdy hits from Montgomery, Sabatier, and Aleka Darko helped to keep up their offensive momentum, successful the third set with the most important lead of the night time, 25-10.
  • The Bombers in management within the begin of the fourth set getting an early 5-0 lead, however Swarthmore didn’t quit, making the set extraordinarily shut till the final level. Regardless of robust kills from Darko, Montgomery, and first 12 months Leila Chipepo, the Bombers fell quick dropping the set 25-19
  • Ithaca’s robust offensive and defensive efforts prevailed, main them to complete the fifth set with a 15-11 win.

 
REACTION FROM HEAD COACH JOHAN DULFER
 

  • On taking part in a five-setter to start the season: “All of us needed to undergo this and determine the place we stood this early within the season. I assumed we battled onerous and stayed collectively, regardless of the early set again. I used to be most pleased with how we battled again after the setback within the fourth set. Swarthmore made some actually good changes, going with their 6-2, and it threw us off, however I cherished how we discovered power in our serve/move sport to recuperate.”
  • On the excessive power displayed at Ben Mild Gymnasium of their season-opener: “The power this 12 months about this staff is particular. I believe they’re all in it for one another. I hope it continues to be a selfless environment as a result of it might result in a number of nice moments this 12 months.”

This thrilling first match units up the Bombers for his or her second sport of the 2022 Bomber Invitational tomorrow. With robust performances from Religion Sabatier, Alexandra Montgomery, and Leila Chipepo, Ithaca appears to come back out robust once more tomorrow and in the remainder of their season.
 

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