By Frank Fernandez
The Smithtown Knights Girls Volleyball team versed the Shelter Island Indians on October 29 in the Smithtown Christian School Gym. The game started off with a serve from senior co-captain, Lindsey Eugene #9, with a score for the Knights. Together the Knights fought hard, but ultimately the first set fell to the Indians with a score of 25-14.
The second set started similarly with teamwork from everybody on the court. Excellent saves were made by many players including Allison Asimbaya #18 (junior).
Although they gave their best efforts, the second set also went to the Indians with a score of 25-14.
The third set was a close game from start to finish; both teams neck and neck the entire match. With formidable defense by the Knights, they held the lead for most of the match. Two excellent plays by Rebecca Canosa #15 (junior) put the Knights another two points ahead of the Indians. The Knights, giving it their all, secured the third match with a score of 25-19.
Although the team played hard the Shelter Island Indians won the game winning two out of three sets.
The Smithtown Knights had an interesting year with their new coach Mr. Joseph Poma. This is Mr. Poma’s first year coaching volleyball at SCS, although he also has coached volleyball for two years recreationally. He chose to coach because of his passion for the game and his want for sharing his skills with others.
The team this year, as a whole has, thirteen members with a record of 4-6.
“Big strides have been made this year,” said Coach Poma. “We’ve really improved as a team since we’ve started working together. They have really improved their communication skills and have built a service attitude on and off the team.”
Many things have changed this year on the team including the breaking of some team traditions. The Knights want to have everyone on the team treated equally from freshmen to seniors, so they have broken traditions saying that freshman must set up the net among many other things.
“I’m just very proud of my girls and I want them to know that they’ve come a long way from August when we first met. I’m looking forward to coaching the team next year,” Coach Poma said in closing.