GREENFIELD — Catastrophe nearly struck the Greenfield-Central volleyball team before its match against New Palestine Thursday.
G-C sophomore Caitey Sosnowski and freshman Rachel Irbe were engaged in a kill-dig drill in warm-ups when Irbe’s errant spike compelled Sosnowski to dive, thereby sending her crashing into her coach, Rita Rouse.
Rouse was fine and jokingly said to Sosnowski that she could atone for her misstep by recording five aces in the upcoming contest.
Sosnowski, who Rouse calls the team’s “Energizer Bunny,” did her coach two better with seven aces, as Greenfield-Central swept New Palestine 25-16, 25-11, 25-18 in front of a boisterous crowd in the G-C gymnasium.
After cruising through the first set, the Cougars found themselves down 6-2 to begin the second frame.
Then, Sosnowski rotated back to serve, and took the match over.
She served for 16 straight points, logging all of her aces in that period. Sosnowski’s infectious energy infused her teammates, as Irbe controlled play above the net (five kills in the set) along with junior Maddi Graham (team-high 11 kills on the night).
“I knew if I got in a good serve run, then we could do that,” said Sosnowski, who added two kills and six digs, “and it happened.”