Spirit Week volleyball tournament serves up an ace

Noah Cohen ('09)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief

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sw1 finalThe annual Spirit Week volleyball tournament was held today, November 19, from 4 pm to 6 pm in the DiBart gym. With Mr. CJ Davis, the Coordinator of Student Activities, as the referee, the event was a success.

The tournament was two rounds of which the second was best of three games. The seniors swept both the girls’ and boys’ events, but not without a fight from the other classes. The freshman boys led by Eric Zaun (’11), Jonathan Silverstone (’11) and Steven Spiegler (’11) showed some heart, but went winless and ended the afternoon in last with a 0-2 record.

“I’m very proud of the people that turned out,” said Silverstone.

Meanwhile, the sophomore boys, led by Andrew Nahum (’10) and Justin Henderson (’10), picked up a victory and finished in third place with a 1-1 record.

The junior boys were thirsty for a victory.

“We guarantee a victory… the sophomores are a waste of time…,” said Todd Hummel (’09).

Hummel, along with Jeff Bohus (’09) and Logan Marro (’09) headed a fierce attack which eventually fell short in the finals. The juniors went 1-2.

The senior boys overcame a surprising test from the class of 2010 to end up in the finals.  The seniors showed off their volleyball skills as they swept the junior class boys and ended the day undefeated at 3-0.  The class of 2008 seemed fearless as it was led by Alex Saltzburg (’08), Alex Titus (’08) and C.J. Fazio (’08).

Meanwhile, the girls’ games included equally as fierce battles for volleyball superiority. The freshmen girls led by Sarah Rausch (’11), Courtney Workman (’11) and Alanna Mcintyre (’11), displayed great passion as they dove all over the court. Unfortunately, the team suffered two losses that knocked them out of finals contention and into fourth place.

The sophomore girls’ team looked strong under the leadership of Marissa Johnson (’10) and Allie Elgrissy (’10), and ended the day with a 1-1 record to land themselves in third place. The junior girls led by Dana Senderoff (’09), Christina Sexauer (’09) and Emily Zippilli (’09) made it to the finals only to end the day in second place with a 1-2 record.

Finally, the confident seniors were eager to be crowned champions.

“We’re obviously gonna win, we have the strongest people,” said Alexa Ginsberg (’08). “We deserve it.”

The feared senior girls did indeed storm through the tournament en route to a finals’ victory and an undefeated record at 3-0. The class was formidable under the leadership of Stephanie Burton (’08), Ginsberg, Nicole Ober (’08) and Diandra DiPiero (’08).

All participants left their blood and sweat on the floors as the volleyball tournament, as usual, was full of grueling victories and harsh defeats all around.

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