Congrats to Gadsden for pulling off the big win over Cleveland on Saturday night, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-19, in a hard fought battle in front of a great crowd.
Al Rosen, Gadsden’s head coach, went to his best weapon, Nathalie Castellanos, early and often. Although it took Gadsden a set to get warmed up, they had the Cleveland defense on their heels. Castellanos was a monster throughout, with Amber Miramontez, Megan Kuykendall, Vero Rosen and Cristal Quinones all chipping in.
Setter Evelyn Hernandez ran the show with ease and I have to compliment the Panther back row, especially Nicole Enriquez for a rock solid game. Trying to pick up the massive attacks from the Storm’s premiere cadre of hitters; Cassie House, Sara Hattis and Courtney Lawson is not an easy task.
Storm head coach Ben Wallis has done an outstanding job with such a young team, and kudos to him and his staff for getting the team into the big match in only the program’s second year in existence. I think this year’s performance is a pretty good indicator of the program’s direction and fully expect to see the Storm winning their own title in the near future.