By Ryan Kuhn
Jewish Community High School of the Bay extended its undefeated record on Monday by sweeping Leadership High School in non-league girls volleyball play at the School of the Arts.
The Wolves got out to the early lead, winning the first game 25-17 and never looked back, winning the next two games 25-16 and 25-21 to complete a win that their head coach, Amy Hoffman, said was the closest of the season.
“The girls did a great job sticking with it today,” Hoffman said. “We got down a couple times on points, but we kept the momentum with us and did a great job to fight through.”
Jewish Community (4-0, 2-0 in Private School Athletic League) took an early 6-3 lead in the first game and was led by outside hitter Paige Lerman, who paced the Wolves with a team-high 15 kills.
After losing the lead to Leadership (1-4, 0-2 in Bay Counties League Central) at 9-8, the Wolves went on a 17-11 run to clinch the first game.
Although her coach calls her a leader, Lerman, only a sophomore, said everyone needs to do their part.
“I think it is important for one person to get the ball going, but our team as a whole did a really amazing job, so it is more of a team effort,” she said. “Individually, each player needs to hold their own weight, and that is up to everyone to decide how they are going to do that and how they are going to show that. It’s really important to just be a team player.”
The Wolves took another early lead in the second game with back-to-back aces by Elana Fogel, but it was Leadership’s Briana Silvestre who took the spotlight with three kills and a block in the game.
Despite the behind 2-0 by losing the second game 25-16, Silvestre said her team is improving on the young season.
“Sometimes we got down, but other than that I feel like we did a good job,” Silvestre said. “Today we showed big improvement because we used to get mad and just not feel like playing.”
During the third game, Lerman and senior captain Florencia Hasson took the reins as the duo scored seven points in a row.
After losing the lead to the Griffins at 18-16, Jewish Community outscored its opponent 9-3 to seal the game and the match.
“It really showed that we have some great team chemistry going to fight through the year ahead,” Hoffman said.
As for Leadership, the young team knows they can improve and keep learning as the season moves on.
“We learned that we can come back from low points and were able to make our own stops and make runs of our own,” said Leadership head coach Nicholas Woo. “But we need to work on communication.”
Jewish Community’s next match is today as it faces Alma Heights Academy in Pacifica, while Leadership will play Thursday at School of the Arts against Pescadero.