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Bucks top Patriots

DON LEYPOLDT



CB West sophomore Maggie Winderman lunges for the dig.

A river of points flowed from Katie Hudson on Monday night.

The emotional leader of Central Bucks West, Hudson had 17 kills and three aces in the Bucks’ 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-15) home sweep of archrival Central Bucks East.

“I’m just a naturally really outgoing person. Someone has to be the height man on the court, so as a senior, and a leader, I’ve realized it’s my turn and my time,” Hudson explained. “I knew that tonight, I had to get everyone fired up. Kenzie (Brooks) is right there with me. We have to keep pushing and screaming for each other and make the good things go.”

“As a coach, it’s the culmination of all the things you want and hope for as a team: to come together and support each other and have a great time doing it,” CB West head coach Todd Miller observed. “You could see the joy on their faces.”

Hudson’s kill tied set one at 14. CB East rattled off three points, but CB West rallied, punctuated with a Hudson kill to knot it at 18. Hudson landed an ace to put the Bucks up 21-18 and CB West muscled out the win.

“In the past couple of games, we’ve struggled in consistency with serve receive and on defense,” Hudson continued. “Friday night, we all talked about it. We had to go hard and couldn’t leave anything on the floor. Tonight, everyone came together. Our defense was so much better tonight and our serve receive was consistent. Hittingwise, we moved everything around.”

A kill from CB East star junior and Elon commit Jenn Krzeminski tied set two at 5, but Bucks senior Tenley Mileski served nine straight points, including two aces.

To CB East’s credit, it rallied frenetically. Consecutive kills from Makaila Freeman brought the Patriots to within 24-23, but a hitting error gave CB West the set on the next point.

CB West held a slim 10-8 lead in set three, when Brooks served two aces and Hudson added a kill, extending the lead to 14-8. CB West’s 15-7 run closed the match.

“It’s all about momentum and I think at that point in the game, it’s all about getting your serve in,” Brooks said. “If an ace comes, an ace comes, but that far into the game, for your team’s sake, you just have to place it right.”

“We weren’t comfortable enough with our first ball contact,” CB East head coach Kerri Rabberman noted. “We were just trying to get it in and instead, we were playing tentatively and making more mistakes than we usually make.

“That’s one of the first sets where we haven’t reached 20. They constantly fight. They’re a team that, as much as they care about the score, they don’t,” Rabberman continued. “They just want to keep fighting every single time.”

Bucks setter Ana Claricurzio had 25 assists; libero Maggie Winderman contributed 18 digs. CB West’s Casey Taylor and Amanda Mass combined for nine kills. Krzeminski paced CB East with seven kills and two blocks.

“Honestly, it was all our defense. It really was,” Mass felt. “That’s such a game changer when our defense gets a great dig. Ana, our setter, was killing it as was Maggie.”

“They’re two sophomores set in such key roles, as a libero and setter,” Miller explained. “The girls are an incredibly tight-knit group. Their love is their sacrifice and their sacrifice earns them great things. I think you saw that come together tonight with the way they supported each other.”

The demonstrative Hudson led the way on an emotional night, which ended an emotional week for CB West. The Bucks had two difficult losses to conference powers Pennsbury and Council Rock North on Oct. 4 and 6.

“I think this one, in the mix of all of those emotional games, is really going to help us,” Brooks said. “This was a really good way to put it all together.”

CB West improved to 12-4 overall and 11-3 in the Suburban One League (SOL) National; CB East fell to 11-7 and 9-5 in the tight conference race.

The emotion of the East-West rivalry was further enhanced by the Dig Pink game. This was the ninth year that both programs came together to fundraise against breast cancer.

“The girls have personal ties to the pregame speakers,” Rabberman alluded to the poignant pregame talk from a breast cancer survivor. “You get that emotion, along with the emotion of East-West. This game is really more about the cause.”

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