Dunkirk still seeking first win of season

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Dunkirk’s Ashley Colon taps the ball over the net during a match against Silver Creek.



SILVER CREEK – Tuesday’s CCAA North volleyball matchup between Dunkirk and Silver Creek determined who would gain their first win of the season. The night belonged to the home team.

The Lady Black Knights (1-2, 1-2) won 30-28, 25-21 and 25-16 over the Lady Marauders (0-3, 0-3).

“It was a big win for us, Silver Creek coach Bridget Case said. “We’ve been on the cusp for the first two matches, and it was just about getting that first win under our belts. The nerves, putting it all together and staying cool, calm and collected. They just needed to get that under their belt.”

Leaders on the night for Silver Creek included Julia Hill with 15 assists, a dig and an ace.

Krystal Schwab had eight digs, four kills, as well as five big blocks to help Silver Creek. Kiera Brennan recorded four digs, an ace and five kills; Libby Lawton had four kills and three digs and Lauren Grover with two aces and two digs.

“I liked the intensity and I liked the offense,” Case said. “We were creating more offense and giving the team more difficult balls rather than free balls. … We were spreading it out very well. … So I’m impressed, my whole team has been playing great for as young as they are.”

For Dunkirk, it’s their third loss of the season. Dunkirk coach, Jamie Thompson, told the OBSERVER that her team is going through a transition – and despite the record, she appears satisfied with her team’s performance.

“I feel like the girls really came together and played well,” Thompson said. “(Silver Creek’s) a tough team and we’re going through a lot of transition this year. (My team) is really impressing me by following through and keeping their heads held up high.”

No matter which way you cut it, one team was going to leave happy and the other left without a win. Either way, both teams are looking to improve as the season progresses.

“More hustle, more energy, and a little more talking and keeping the intensity level (high) like the first game (against Silver Creek, 30-28),” Thompson said. “I expect Alexis Tofill to step up. Aaliyah Bass, Ashley Colon, all my seniors have stepped up and are stepping up.

“Amari Carter is doing fantastic as a sophomore in the front row; she’s really making an impact. We’ve made some adjustments recently, so once we get more comfortable we’ll be improving,” she concluded.

Now with their first win out of the way, Silver Creek is looking to build momentum after learning how to win for the first time.

“Krystal Schwab, she’s a big hitter and big blocker for us. She plays great defense as well, we really lean on her,” Case said when asked what key players she expects to step up during the season. “Julia Hill, our center, is constantly hustling and getting balls that surprises even me. My outsides, who are younger (sophomores) are really stepping it up with their hitting, their defense and their hustle.”