By Ernest Stone
Winning is never easy, and Drew High School has been a testament to this dogma early on this season.
Coming off a five-game victory earlier this week against Leadership, the Dragons (2-0) found themselves in another dramatic contest, this one being a 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 28-26) non-league win at Gateway High School on Friday.
“We play in a strong league,” said Drew head coach Katie Horne. “So it’s tough to keep the players interested in a non-league contest, something I’ve been working to improve on.”
Whenever Drew let down its guard, Gateway (0-1) was able to take advantage, snatching the third game 25-20.
The game marked an early milestone for the Gators, as the team began its year without a coach.
“This year has been crazy,” said junior outside-hitter Cicada Jenerik. “This match was only the second time we played together as a team.”
Gateway’s inexperience showed early, yet once the team rearranged its lineup late in the third game, it displayed its potential.
“We have young team and a strong future,” said Gateway head coach Michael Sami. “Now it is just a matter of playing more teams.”
Yet, as Gateway’s youth could be seen as a setback, Drew’s sophomore outside-hitter Iris Qasevecatini dominated the match.
Qasevecatini was an all-out force, with only two errors, six kills and 17 digs.
“I do my best to be a good teammate,” said Qasevecatini. “Our team has a lot of confidence, and we do a great job of sharing spirit.”
The Dragons’ confidence showed, when after being down 24-23 in the fourth game, they rallied to win the game 28-26, closing the door on the win.
Drew will face Bay School next week, with nine games of volleyball under its belt in only two matches.
The early loss not the least bit discouraging, the Gators look forward to their next matchup against Burton.
“We have a lot heart,” said Jenerik. “More than most teams.”