The Susan Wagner girls' volleyball team notched a 2-1 win over host Brooklyn Tech Thursday to secure a spot in the PSAL semifinals on Sunday.
The No. 6 Falcons will play No. 2 Stuyvesant at York College in the semifinals.
At the end of an intense third set, Caitlin Jansen (11 kills) recorded the winning kill to send SW to victory over the No. 3 seed.
In the first set, the Falcons came up short, 25-21, but ended it on a 7-2 run.
“After the first set we decided that we needed to bring the match to them. They were bigger than us and their gym was loud, but we knew if we played with an offensive mindset we could do it," said Altieri.
SW carried that momentum into the second set and dominated, 25-22, behind Sarah Chung’s (12 digs, 6 kills) strong offense.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 13-8 lead in the third set, but the score was eventually tied, 23-23. Then, Chung made a crucial dig to set up Jansen’s winning kill.
Christina Carlo added 31 digs, while Jessica Noel supplied 26 assists and Gina Tabone had 11 kills.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, and this is one of the best matches I’ve ever coached. The other team was bigger and faster but we played at a high level and it was a lot of fun to watch,” said Altieri.
“Stuyvesant is a really good team, but we’re just going to do what we did today. Everyday we practice like it’s our last practice and our last match. Win or lose it will be a lot of fun.”