Close, but not enough

Girls’ volleyball wins against Willowbrook, loses to York in Regionals

Sophomore, Dana Rettke, high fives teammate Natalie Wanner.

Rachel Magee, Cameron Shaw, and Caitie Rusen

After an intense regional game against Willowbrook Tuesday night, the girls’ volleyball season came to a close in a loss  to York on Thursday.

Against Willbrook, each set came down to the wire, but the ladies pulled out a win with help from their tremendous team chemistry.  The final score of the first set was 25-23.  Dana Rettke and Natalie Wanner contributed greatly to the win.  The second set was another nail-biter.  The girls from Willowbrook kept it close, but the lady Bulldogs were not going to be denied and have to face a third set.  The match ended 25-22 in RB’s favor.

The win over the Willowbrook Warriors sent RB to the Regional Final against the York Dukes.  In the game, held in the RB gymnasium, RB’s girls just did not have enough left in the tank.  The lady Bulldogs lost in two sets, 25-17 and 25-19.

Still Coach Dan Bonarigo saw cause for optimism about the team and the season.

“We definitely overachieved this year,” he said.

Despite the loss, Bonarigo understands how close games in important situations can help build the future of the team.

“We got a lot of experience this year,” he said.  “And that will help our sophomores and juniors who are coming back.”