York Prep’s Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team culminated its 2009 extraordinary volleyball season with a decisive win against the United Nations International School (UNIS). The victory concluded a second undefeated season for the girls’ team in the Girls’ Independent School Athletic League (GISAL) and secured York Prep’s position as the league champions for the fourth consecutive year.
Along the way to winning the overall GISAL Championship, the girls also won the Big Apple Conference with a perfect record. In the combined GISAL tournament, York Prep swept Calhoun in two games and defeated UNIS in one of the best volleyball matches ever played by a York team.
Team captain Julia Dolan led York Prep throughout this winning season. Julia was the best setter in the league and provided exceptional leadership to the squad on and off the court. Veteran Tal Levy had an outstanding season, and her experience helped the younger players develop a strong sense of team play.
Madison Pappas and Marissa Velasquez led York Prep’s offense with unstoppable spiking. Both hitters were relentless and York Prep’s opposition never could withstand their killer hits. Anna Lieberman proved to be a hitting threat from anywhere on the floor but was especially effective at the service line, leading York in service aces. Honour Masters, Taylor Brown, and Rebecca Siegel rounded out the squad’s offense while playing stellar defense. Willa Baker, Nikki Slesin, and Isabella Arizin all came into games and made big contributions to the team.
Seniors Julia Dolan and Tal Levy have been a big part of the team for the past four years and really will be missed next year, but our younger players like Isabella and the girls from the Junior Varsity team are eager to prove they can keep York’s winning tradition alive.
Congratulations to the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team, the 2009 GISAL Champions!