In volleyball it sometimes comes down to the simple things being the biggest difference between winning and losing. Both Falmouth and Sandwich High School head coaches Ernie Holcomb and Giulia Leite, respectively, certainly would agree with that.
In a showdown between Cape and Islands League teams on Tuesday, September 28, at the Antonucci Field House in Falmouth, the Clippers swept SHS in three straight. Falmouth won by scores of 25-20, 25-13 and 25-21. The difference, according to both teams’ skippers, was that Falmouth landed its serves more consistently than Sandwich.
“They got their serves in, that was the main thing,” Leite said. “We had a lot of missed serves, bad decisions and just little things, free balls that went out, simple little things that should have been fixed. Falmouth has a great eye on where to put the ball on the other side, and that’s what we struggled with.”
The end of the match was a microcosm of that point. Sandwich held a 21-20 lead late in game three, but then Meghan Robbins came to the service line with the game tied at 20-20 and served out the win, knocking down five in a row for the Clippers.
The win improved FHS to 5-4 overall on the season. Sandwich fell to 4-2.
“I liked our serving. We’d been a little inconsistent (lately) and I felt that was a huge part,” FHS coach Holcomb said. “Sydney (Sevigny) played really well, Anna (Fernandez) keeps plugging holes and Camille (Leite). We’ve got a good little nucleus. I was a little surprised, Sandwich looked real good warming up and they were tentative serving. (Serving) has been the key. That’s why we lost to Nantucket (recently), we’d get on a roll and then we’d serve four in a row out. You can’t do that.”
Robbins and Leite each contributed five aces for the Clippers in the match, while Haylee Silvia had three. Sevigny came away with six kills and a block in the winning effort.
For Sandwich, Sydney Hanlon had six kills and five assists in the match. Maria Mozeleski came up with two solo blocks and had six digs. Ella McCabe made six digs and had two kills, and both Alanna Schreibeis and Katie Landry had two kills.