WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – The two volleyball teams within the Wappingers Central School District are separated by only 8 miles in physical distance, but over the years, the programs have been light years apart in terms of league and post season success. The Patriots are perennial powerhouses in Class AA, while the Indians have not enjoyed the same success or status.
But for one day, at least, all that changed as the Ketcham Indians beat John Jay in five games 3-2 on the Indians home court on Tuesday.
The visiting Jay team wasted no time, taking Game 1 25-14. One might have thought that would have set the tone for how this day was going to go, but Ketcham rallied.
“I credit the seniors for that, because after that first game they saying ‘We’re better than this’, and they went out to prove it”, said second year Ketcham Head Coach Rob Lynch.
Ketcham came out and won Game 2, 25-23 and then came back from a 10 point deficit to win Game 3, by the same 25-23 score. It was a break through for Indians, with a lead over Jay and just one game shy of the first win over their cross-town rivals in a long time.
But John Jay came out swinging in Game 4 and put Ketcham in a deep 12-3 hole for a 25-18 win to even the series up at two games a piece .
In the deciding game, Ketcham got into a momentum swing after the game was tied at 6-6 and then 8-8. The Indians got a little separation to make it 11-8, and then seemed spurred on by the school’s football team, that joined the crowd with loud chants from the John Jay side of the net.
Ketcham won the game and the match with a 25-18 score in Game 5. It was the first league game, and a win that both coach and players hope will carry them into the season.
“We now know we can play and comeback against a dominant team like Jay”, said Coach Lynch.
“We have great chemistry on this team. We knew we had to rile it up and bring it”, added senior outside hitter, Meghan Eagleton.