Head coach Jennifer Bodnar was looking for that signature win this season, and her field hockey team delivered in a big way last Thursday night against Stroudsburg.
Riding a stretch in which they had won three out of their last four games, Bodnar was still looking for them to post a win against a team with a .500 mark or better.
What she found was a team ready to step up to that challenge last Thursday at the Zephyrs Sports Complex, shutting down the Mounties who were 7-4 heading into the game.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team was able to some good things during the first set against Freedom recently, and now it’s a matter of accomplishing more good things on a consistent basis.
The Zephyrs played a spirited game in that first set against a very good Patriots a few weeks ago. After falling behind early, they fought back to knot the score 10-10 with an ace from Taylor Levan. As the game progressed, they also got a big kill from Olivia Ballard to help spark a run that drew them within three points of the visiting Pates, narrowing the margin to 20-17.
The Whitehall field hockey team has settled into a nice groove midway through the season, putting themselves in position for a district playoff push.
They’ve won three out of their last four games, raising their season record to 4-6. They’ll look to extend that streak with four games this week. The toughest of those tests will be against Liberty who are currently 8-3 as of Sept. 21, along with Stroudsburg who sits at 6-4.
The Whitehall girls got some early wins from during Friday’s tennis match against Northampton, but couldn’t sustain the momentum and dropped a tough contest to their cross-river rivals.
Both Noel Yacoub and their No. 2 doubles team of Heylee Chan and Emily Tran staked them to a quick 2-0 lead against the visiting Kids.
Yacoub dusted off at Rose Sharga in straight sets at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0. while Chan and Tran also won in the same fashion, defeating the Kid tandem opponents, 6-2, 6-0.
Heading into the 2019 field hockey season, head coach Jennifer Bodnar knew that the early part of the schedule would be a challenge.
For the second consecutive season, the Zephyrs faced a front-loaded schedule with three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams that amassed a 73-18 record the previous year.
Bodnar said that the team was well aware of the challenges that spate of games posed. They were thrust into the EPC field hockey crucible right out of the gate, with those games ultimately serving as a learning experience, illustrating the areas that they need to address.
Freedom is one of those tennis teams that Whitehall is trying to emulate, and while last week’s match resulted in a loss, the gap is closing between the two schools.
After losing 7-0 to the Patriots last year, the Zephyrs tried to see if they could turn 2019’s encounter into a more favorable outcome. It wouldn’t be easy. A deeper look inside last year’s match reveals that the Pates won every match in straight sets.
Resiliency has been the hallmark of this year’s girls tennis team, and Monday’s win over Easton was further evidence of that fact.
After dropping a tough 4-2 loss to Freedom last week, the girls rebounded with a hard fought 4-3 win over Easton on Monday.
The win raised their record to 6-3, and places them sixth among the 19 District XI 3A teams based on power rankings.
With over a quarter of the regular season in the books, Whitehall’s Natalia Pedraza is on track to reach one of her goals as she aims to be part of the postseason singles tournament mix.
This year the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference changed the qualifying standards, admitting only the top eight players in each of the singles and doubles brackets. Previously, they were open to all players in the conference.
That will make it more difficult to reach the tourney, but Pedraza is determined to be one of the players participating.
The Whitehall golf team picked up two more wins last week as the season is now headed into the back nine with the Zephyrs trying to finish on a strong note.
While most fall sports are just getting underway, the Zephyr golfers have just four matches remaining before the postseason begins.
Last week was a strong period for the Zephs as they defeated East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain West. Those two wins raised their season record to 3-7.
Friday’s tennis match against Pleasant Valley tested Whitehall’s depth and tenacity, and the Zephyrs scored big on both fronts.
After surviving a busy week in which they had four matches scheduled, Whitehall was faced with the challenge of playing Pleasant Valley without their No. 1 singles player. Natalia Pedraza, who is currently 4-1 on the year, was going to miss the match versus the Bears, forcing head coach Alex Green to juggle the lineup against a good team from the northern climes of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.