Briana Bump

Sandwich High’s Briana Stanton bumps the ball over the net during the Lady Knights’ opening day sweep against Rising Tide in Sandwich.

It wasn’t so much an opening match to the season as a decent little warm-up for the Sandwich High School volleyball team. The Blue Knights faced off against an overmatched Rising Tide squad on Tuesday, March 9, and humbled the Herons in a quick three-set match.

Sandwich opened well in the first and never looked back. With several players getting on nice runs of service points, the win came easily. SHS benefitted from countless serve, receive, and passing errors by Rising Tide throughout the match, which did not allow the Knights many opportunities to work on their attacks or defenses. Still, the team did what it had to do and picked up a 25-13, 25-15, 25-13, win to start the year at 1-0.

“We still have some kinks to work out, but it went pretty well overall. They played aggressive; we just still have a couple of things to work on,” coach Gulia Leite said.

Coach Leite said she was excited to see how the team will fare once the schedule gets tougher, which it will with a home match against Falmouth on Tuesday, March 16. She said that she is confident that the Knights can compete in the Cape and Islands League Atlantic Division and handle themselves well.

“I think we’ll rise to the occasion. For the most part it’s hard playing against a team that really isn’t up to the same level, but when we get that pressure, I feel like we’ll definitely get it together and put the ball more in play.”

All three of the matches really came down to Sandwich getting on a nice run at the service line and running up some big points. In the first game, a 10-point run from libero Paula Tanguilig early on helped the Knights run out to a big lead that was never in doubt. Game two opened with a seven-point run by Maddi Govoni that paved the way. In the third set, Rising Tide scored its first lead of the day, and was up 4-2 before Sandwich caught fire. A nine-point service run by Erica Sundermeyer put the match in the Knights’ favor and they never looked back.

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