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High School Volleyball:
Cherry Hill East Serves Their Way Past Moorestown

Thursday, October 5, 2000

By Crystal Parker
SJSports Staff Writer

With the USA women's volleyball team winning a metal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the results of that victory would be felt all over the country. The girl's volleyball season was well underway in South Jersey and winning the gold would the minds of most throughout this season. The Moorestown Lady Quakers were going up against the Lady Cougars from Cherry Hill East at Moorestown High School. The Cougars would use their hard serving skills to power their way past Moorestown, 15-3, 15-9.

Building a successful program definitely begins with teams getting a strong interest and participation in the sport of volleyball. Both these had a good number of upcoming stars on the bench and on the junior varsity teams that would guarantee that success. Coach Scott Atkinson would use his bench to not only develop his upcoming Lady Quakers, but also continue their winning ways. As for the well known and established Lady Cougars, Coach Dave Gurst have had many years of success getting players to participate in the East volleyball program.

In the game of volleyball, teams that execute the basic skills of bump, set and spike will win many games. Possessing good team defensive and communication on the court establishes the extra edge that wins the close matches. Well it was East's Inna Fabrikant getting 7 serves points and Sarah Goldberg receiving 5 serves points to help lead their team to a 15-5 first set win. The outside hitting of Jhane Zarghami and middle hitter Neesha Shah highlighting the victory. Coach Gurst rotated his players throughout the game and East never lost a step in the win.

The second match saw the Lady Quakers not giving up after losing the first game. Erin Leibert picked up her game in the middle with several key blocks and strong hitting from the middle. Senior setter and team captain Liz Cherson began to control the offense and establish a comeback after being down in the match. But the Lady Cougars did not panic and came away with the two set victory.

Photos by Art Redd

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