Fueled by the stellar play of Rebekah DeRosa and Fallon Bevino, the Foran High girls volleyball team rolled over Jonathan Law, 3-0, on Thursday night at Edna L. Fraser Gymnasium.
The Lions posted game wins of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-17 to capture their 13th straight victory. Their last setback was against Mercy of Middletown back on Sept. 25.
“I think our best volleyball is still ahead of us, quite honestly,” Foran coach Julie Johnson said. “We’re still waiting for everyone to have their best game.”
DeRosa, a senior tri-captain and Foran’ setter, paved the way against the Eagles with 29 assists and seven kills.
A good portion of those assists went in the direction of Bevino, who hammered down 19 kills.
Bryzy Gonski added five aces and Danielle Kemp notched 15 digs for Foran, which improved to 13-3.
Rachel Hannan, Colleen Bogucki and Caitlin Prete had nine digs apiece for Law (7-9). Bogucki also chipped in with 15 assists.
The win for the Lions, their second over Law this season following a 3-0 sweep at Richetelli Gymnasium on Oct. 3, came on Foran’s Senior Night and also on Block Her For Walker Night.
Throughout the night, the team raised funds in support of the Ken Walker Memorial Scholarship, named after the longtime Foran baseball and football coach and Milford sports’ staple who passed away on June 29, 2012.
“We knew we had to do it, not just for us, but definitely for Walk,” DeRosa said. “The adrenaline’s pumping, we’re all nervous. Huge crowd, big support.
“We knew we had to keep it together and focus. That’s what we did.”
Law jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Bogucki’s service in the first game, but an ace from Foran’s Kaylee Ciolino sparked a Lion burst that saw them tie the game at 11.
Bevino fired in an ace to give the Lions a 12-11 edge, but Law’s Jessica Ruiz ripped a kill to knot it back up at 12.
The teams traded points until the Eagles snared a 20-16 advantage on Hayley Soulier’s service.
From there, Foran began to fight back with Bevino slamming a kill to win back service.
That brought senior Amy Lopez to the line and the senior tri-captain knocked in back-to-back aces to make it 20-19.
Bevino drove home another spike to tie it at 21, before reeling off two more points to give Foran a 23-21 edge.
Gonski then punched in a pair of aces to lock down the 25-21 win.
“Between Senior Night and the benefit for Coach Walker, I knew their adrenaline was up,” Johnson said of her team. “They kept pushing and pushed through to win.”
Game two featured another late run by the Lions, spearheaded again by DeRosa and Bevino, with the former setting up game point with a push shot and the latter ending it with a spike.
In the third game, the Lions pulled away mid-game and finished off the sweep.
“Making a couple of mistakes, it kind of carries into the rest of the games,” Eagle coach Stacy Loch said.
Law, which started the season off 0-4, needs to win one of its final two regular season games to qualify for states.