Point Beach rallies to beat Manchester

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POINT BEACH — The Point Beach girls volleyball team won its first home game of the season by defeating Manchester, 2-1, on Friday, Oct. 7.

The victory marked the girls’ third victory of the season. According to head coach Andrew Hanniffy, the Garnet Gulls are too far out in points to be able to make the state playoffs. The remaining games on the schedule include one home match against Lakewood, a team Point Beach defeated on the road.

After the hard-fought match against Manchester, senior libero Lauryn Booth sported a big smile. For her, she just wants to make the most of her final high school season.

“We definitely want to win the rest of the games,” Booth said. “We have lost a  few and we have played some really good teams, we are a good team, but our energy has been down and we are starting to get it back up and we are improving in practice.”

Point Beach lost to Manchester in two sets on Sept. 18, but the squad did not dwell on the past. The team shared a similar goal to that of Booth, they focused on the future.

Hanniffy had some praise for junior outside hitter Olivia Frizzell, who had a key block in the Beach victory

“Relative to last year, the biggest improvement is Olivia Frizzell,” he said. “She is chipping in on the offense, a couple kills here and there, she is passing well and playing smart defense.” 

PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE BOOTH

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Connor Northrup
Connor Northrup is a Sports Reporter at The Ocean Star. He can be reached at cnorthrup@thecoaststar.com or at 732-899-7606, ext 15.