Kennett High School volleyball (2-9-0) traveled to Nute High School (3-7-0) in Milton on Monday and played “our most entertaining match of the season,” according to Coach Craig Bartolomei. In the 3-1 match loss, each game was tightly contested, while Nute prevailed: 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21.
Bartolomeo saw much to be pleased with in the Eagles’ efforts, although they lost the first game, perhaps a bit travel-weary after a long bus delay during their ride down Route 16 through Ossipee. Exchange student Lada Anashkina continued to be a dominant force. She served six aces and led the team in kills.
Freshman Karina Knapp, who began the season seeing lots of JV action, played setter through the entire varsity match and responded well to the tight officiating.
Match referees were extremely strict in calling bad sets when much spin was imparted on the volleyball (indicating that both hands/arms were not used equally). With some adjustment, Knapp adapted her technique to meet the standard required by the officials (higher than all previous matches), and she led the team in assists.
Audrey Orsino also had a solid all-around match, earning the second-most assists and second-most kills for the Eagles.
Shaelyn Camille adjusted well to a new position, coming back from an injury. Bartolomei shifted the versatile volleyballer from setter to outside hitter. In her first game appearance at that spot, Bartolomei noted that Camille “did well. She swings hard and she also served well.” In fact, serving was a strong point throughout the match, as the Eagles drastically improved upon their season accuracy percentage.
A big night to highlight on the upcoming volleyball schedule is the Eagles match of next Friday, Oct. 18, when the varsity game begins at 5:45 p.m. at the gymnasium on the KHS Redstone campus. The varsity volleyball team will be wearing pink uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their match against visiting division leader Inter-Lakes (11-0-0).
All concession proceeds will go towards fighting cancer, as will any donations accepted at the doorway that evening.