A postseason win and a record-setting moment for Dartmouth High’s volleyball team
The Dartmouth High girls volleyball team is moving ahead in the postseason and is making history as one of its own celebrated a milestone moment.
On November 4, the team defeated Hingham 3-1 in the Div. 1 South quarter-finals. Within the opening minutes of the game, however, it was already good news for the Indians, as one of their own made history.
Senior Cierra Yim netted her 2,000th assist in the first set. It is a milestone achieved by only three other student athletes in Massachusetts, Head Coach Rachel Lassey told the audience during a brief pause to celebrate the accomplishment.
“She’s an all-around great athlete,” Lassey said. “I’m very, very proud of her and happy for this accomplishment. This is going to be a record I think is going to be held on to for a very very long time.”
For Yim, she knew the moment was likely to come in the opening minutes of the beginning of the team’s postseason journey. A plaque and a bouquet had already been prepared, it was just a matter of when it happened.
“I was a bit nervous, but I was excited I was going to be able to achieve it on the home court with my family, friends, and teammates beside me,” Yim said.
Yim noted since scoring her first assist in her freshman year to now, she’s become quite confident in her skills in the sport. At the same time, the Indians this season especially are functioning as a team, she noted.
And that team effort was on display during the November 4 matchup. The Indians breezed through the first set, 25-14. However, Hingham put pressure on the Indians’ defense, leading to a much closer 25-20 win in the second set for Dartmouth.
“I didn’t think we’d come into the quarterfinals and already be challenged at that level,” Lassey said.
Hingham took the third set 25-18, but the Indians were quick to respond in the fourth, and secured the 3-1 win by finishing the fourth set at 25-16. The win keeps the team’s undefeated streak going.
“They really brought it,” Lassey said. “They messed up my defense. I’m going to have to completely tweak my defense because now I know what the weaknesses are.”
Lassey hopes to have those changes made in time for the Indians' semi-final matchup against Oliver Ames, who beat Brockton on November 4.