Written by Tim Ahmed Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The girls volleyball team at Carle Place continued to dominate Conference AA after defeating Hempstead High School in three straight sets last Tuesday, Oct. 8. Led by Patricia Acipreste’s 22 assists and 14 answered points on her service during the final set, Hempstead struggled to compete against Carle Place and their superb record of nine wins and one loss. They are currently ranked second in the standings.
The Frogs of Carle Place actually had a tremendous run last year, being at the top of their conference and only a game away from the Long Island Championships. This year, Coach Rafael Chong feels the team has improved considerably, due to their top seniors returning for another season. Acipreste is the squad’s top setter, leading the team in assists, as well as delivering great serves. Laura Murphy is their most versatile middle hitter and outside hitter Courtney Mulcare has displayed great leadership on the court, but is currently sidelined from an illness. Coach Chong also mentioned junior and outside hitter, Sarah Laga, as one of their standout defenders this year.
“We’re a little bit better offensively than last year. We have a few more dependable attackers. The core of the team has remained the same from last year. In essence, it’s a matter of working out the first time varsity players into the team, and together they’ve developed a nice chemistry this year,” said Chong.
Communication happens to be a large factor behind their fabulous season. Carle Place plays with great cohesion. Everyone is very familiar with their role and based on most of their previous wins, they play better as the match progresses.
Before the playoffs begin, the Frogs have one more big match at East Meadow on Oct. 21, who is currently the only team above them in the standings. Regardless of who they play during the season, Carle Place has the experience and teamwork needed to reach the Long Island Championships this year.