Each one had their role on the Amsterdam Lady Rams varsity volleyball team. From one who was described as the “voice of reason”, to one who made everyone laugh, the five seniors of the AHS team; Lyndsay Siudy, Alyssa Kuchis, Abby Saines, Krystal DiCaprio, and Alexandria Iglesias played their final high school match Monday night at the AHS gym against Fonda-Fultonville. The Lady Braves won the match 25-21, 25-14, 25-18, but the night belonged to the seniors.
“This was a good senior class,” Amsterdam coach Christine Sherlock said. “I have no complaints with this group. They’ve had a couple of rough seasons, but they stayed positive through it all.”
Each of the five seniors had an impact on the match. Kuchis, who has been a constant presence at the net, tallied five kills, one block, and one dig. Iglesias came though with three kills, one ace, and one assist. Saines, who coach Sherlock described as “the entertainer,” always keeping her team smiling, led the seniors from the line with four service points. DiCaprio contributed with two digs and one block, and Siudy led the seniors on the defensive side with five digs.
“I think we played our hardest,” said Siudy, who Sherlock described as “the voice of reason.”
“Even when we were down, we always brought each other up. I wish the season never ended. I enjoyed every bit of it,” she added.
The Lady Rams had some bright spots during the 2017 season including a pair of wins over Foothills Council division rival Scotia-Glenville, and a victory over Schuylerville. Amsterdam began the season with a victory over the Lady Tartans in their home opener, and nearly made it two in a row, challenging a tough Johnstown squad in four games, and pushing two of those sets beyond the 25 point mark before the Lady Bills prevailed.
The Lady Braves were led by nine service points, five aces, and 10 assists by Hannah Moore. Marilyn Whitcavitch scored eight service points, and along with Peyton Zilles recorded four kills.
“I’m proud of the seniors,” Coach Sherlock said. “They tried to mentor the younger players.”
The Lady Rams head into the 2018 season with a blend of youth and veterans who learned something from the five seniors who graduate in the spring. That group includes freshmen Adriana Santiago and Elian Perez, as well a group from the junior varsity level who will step up to the varsity team next year.