H.S. Roundup: Scholars Academy Wins Fourth In a Row
The Scholars Academy girls volleyball team was one of the biggest surprises to emerge in last year’s PSAL B girls volleyball playoffs.
In their first year as a varsity team, the 15th seeded Seawolves exceeded expectations to advance to the semifinals before losing to eventual champions John Adams.
With most of that team returning this season, Scholars find themselves in the hunt for a Queens B9 Division title. They helped their cause on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Beach Channel/ Channel View. In their 25-12, 25-19 win, the Seawolves played with confidence, had good communication and executed on the court.
Despite winning the first two games this season, Scholars Academy team was beaten 2-0 on September 28 to Campus Magnet. The increased attention and higher expectations may have been a detriment to the team. The team did not communicate with one another, and were playing like individuals according to coach Keri Hubbard.
“Losing to them was a good thing for us. It got their head on straight,” Hubbard said. “We do have some good competition out there and we have to play well to win.”
The players agreed with their coach’s honest assessment. Senior setter Rebecca Moers said the team had a players only meeting to discuss their issues on the court and how they could fix it.
“I think we had a little more cockiness in us. Thinking we wasn’t going to lose or it wasn’t going to be hard for us,” Moers said. “We was expecting to go in the way we left off.”
The meeting proved to be a fruitful endeavor according to Shannon Toomey. The meeting cleared any issues the team had on and off the court.
“We was definitely so much better. We told each other that we was sisters,” Toomey said. “We need to pull it out. We had to run in the circle more when we was playing and root each other on more.”
Scholars will have their chance to avenge their loss to Campus Magnet (6-0) in a rematch on Monday afternoon at John Bowne High School.
Samantha Andino scored two goals for Beach Channel/Channel View, and Oyindamola Aregbesola also scored a goal as the Dolphins (7-2-1) remained first in the Queens BVI division by beating Robert F. Wagner, 3-0, in a PSAL crossover game on Tuesday.