Masuk's girls' volleyball team took a two games to none lead then withstood New Milford's comeback effort to pull out a hard-fought five-game win on October 24.
In a matchup of two of the top girls' volleyball teams in the SWC Colonial Division, an October 24 matchup, host Masuk and New Milford went the full five games — and then some.
The Panthers pulled out a hard-fought 18-16 fifth game victory after the visiting Green Wave had things as match point three times. Consecutive aces by Josie Maguire clinched the win after Amanda Fagan tied the score.
Masuk prevailed 25-11, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 18-16.
Maguire and Fagan had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Ana Castro Rodriguez had five aces to go along with 29 assists. Julianna Henry compiled 10 digs.
New Milford's Emma Richieri logged 15 kills and 24 digs. Sarah Mickelson had 23 digs. Sydney Slupatchuk was all over the court and piled up numerous digs. Grace Christian compiled 33 assists.
"It was a match for the books. It was so big for us," Masuk Coach Carol Ortiz said. "We had to put everything on the line."
Despite the loss, the Wave had plenty to be proud of.
"I love the way they responded," New Milford Coach Tony Nocera said. "They showed some mental toughness, some grit."
The Green Wave is still battling for the top spot in the division and seems destined for a home game to start the playoffs regardless of how things play out the rest of the way.
"We're super-pumped. We feel like we can play with anybody we see," Nocera said.