Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
In a sport known for blocks, bumps, spikes and digs—it can safely be said that the Manhasset Varsity Girls volleyball team “digs” its seniors.
As in the tradition in Manhasset sports, the last regular season home game becomes that team’s senior night—and so it was on Monday night Oct. 17. Rivals for the game was JFK Bellmore, who are ranked third in the conference.
It was a hard fought battle with Bellmore going ahead to win the first two games. Game three however was nip and tuck until Manhasset pulled away beginning in the second rotation with six of the final 10 points being won on serves. Final score: 25-17. Game four was closer yet with Manhasset winning 28-26—hometown fans rising to their feet for the last few points in that one. The tie-breaking fifth game saw Manhasset get off to a shaky start where they were six points down before beginning the second rotation. The home team came back strong, narrowing JFK’s lead to two. Unfortunately, Manhasset lost the match with a close score of 25-23 in the last game.
To brighten the girls’ spirits before the end of the evening, senior night came next—orchestrated by the underclassmen. They had obviously spent a great deal of time thinking about how to make the seniors feel special.
Posters were hand made with game photos of each girl, along with some artistic flair in decorating. “Baskets” for each upperclassman were cleverly made of blue plastic bins (perfect size to take along to college) trimmed in orange ribbon. Inside, surprises included mini orange and blue volleyballs, homemade chocolate volleyball pops and an assortment of candy rivaling a Halloween evening. Balloons, flowers and fabric painted orange and blue T-shirts added to the atmosphere. Each senior was singled out and received words of praise ranging from a heartfelt text message read from a teammate not able to attend, to a made-to-order poem. The impact that each senior made on the team and as role models for the younger girls was evident to all in attendance.
All the girls’ attention now turns to going far in the playoffs. Go