WICCOPEE – Despite the big crowd on hand in the John Jay gymnasium, in support of a Pink Out fundraiser, the John Jay girls volleyball team started off slow but came back with three straight wins to overcome Spackenkill 3 games to 1 in a non-league contest on Friday.
“We took the energy from the crowd and ran with it”, said Jay head coach Maria Mahoney. Both teams were dressed in pink uniforms in support of breast cancer survivor Sylvia McReynolds. McReynolds’ daughter plays on the Spackenkill junior varsity volleyball team.
“She and I played together for years on our adult club team”, noted Mahoney.
All told, the fundraiser collected $341 dollars and continues on Saturday in the first annual Modified scrimmage where local modified teams will play to improve their skills and get an opportunity to raise more money for the Miles of Hope Foundation.
Krysti McDonald led the way in the varsity matchup between the Patriots and the Spartans with 11 kills, and two blocks. Haley Karst had three kills, five digs, and 17 -count ’em- 17 assists.
Maxine Peyton was tough at the net with seven blocks, and four kills.
For the Spartans, Danielle Chrysler had six blocks. Bailee Abalos finished with eight kills and Maya-K Johnson had two aces, three kills, and six blocks.
John Jay travels to Ketcham on Tuesday, while Spackenkill loads up for Rhinebeck, also on Tuesday.