Central senior Bre Reid powered in 21 kills and 10 aces to lead the Sussex Central Golden Knights to a 25-10, 25-13 and 25-12 opening-day victory over Sussex Academy.
Senior setter Madelynn McTeer put up 16 assists in the contest, with Makenna Messina and Kaylee Verosko recording five digs each. Katie Evick and Trinity Harris had three digs and three blocks, respectively.
“We played well against a good Sussex Academy team,” said Central coach Mike Adams. “We executed well on serve, serve-receive, and on offense and defense. Bre Reid led the way for us with 21 kills and 10 aces. Bre is a dominant player. Our libero Makenna Messina anchored our defense and serve-receive, while our setter Maddy McTeer ran our offense very effectively. We played well together and had many players contribute throughout the match. I was pleased with our effort, execution and overall play.”
The Seahawks were led by Terri Kirschner with 12 assists. Libero Alodie Elliott had 10 digs, while outside hitter Adrianne Boladas bumped nine. Morgan Green had five kills, while Jordan Elmer knocked down four kills.
“We were happy with our hustle tonight,” said Seahawks coach Hailee Gooch. “Central has always had strong servers and a scrappy team. As a young program, one of our biggest weaknesses has always been a lack of confidence. These girls are up for the challenge and every day are taking steps to improve that. We are working on improving our serve-receive, and they are ready to show off just how strong our offense is.”
Sussex Central traveled to Middletown Sept. 13, while the Seahawks head to Smyrna Tuesday, Sept. 14.