Junior duo lead Bronx Science to quarterfinals
Mary Platt and Dominique Watt were monsters Tuesday night. Two-headed monsters to be exact. Or at least they played like it.
The junior duo made quick work of Townsend Harris a PSAL Class A second round playoff match, leading Bronx Science to a relatively easy 25-8, 25-12 victory. The pair combined for 20 kills, five blocks, and four aces.
"I think it was just the rotation that Mary was so hot in the first set that she was in the front row for most of the set," said fourth-year Bronx Science coach Jeremy Bassie. "We started off a little slow in the second, but then Dominique moved to the front and she picked up where Mary left off. It was really a 1-2 punch, two-headed monster in the middle position."
The first set belonged to Platt as she helped the Wolverines dominate the action. She was very assertive with her volleys and finished with nine kills, one ace, and two blocks to lead her team to a 25-8 victory.
"She just did all of the important basics," Bassie said. "She played really hard and had some nice high sets. It was very hard for the defense to dig her up and her skilled showed out there."
Not to be outdone, Watt stepped right in for Platt after the team came out of the gate a little sluggish in the second set. She registered seven of her eight kills in the second set.
"I was basically out there to keep the ball up and in play at the net," said Watt. "I think the first set was so positive that it gave us the confidence to really have a great second set."
Townsend Harris (6-5) graduates six seniors and will be a much different team next season as the Hawks hope to break out of the middle-of-the-pack doldrums of the last few seasons.
Bronx Science (13-0) is coming off its second straight undefeated season and has been been on a tear in the postseason. They are seeking to make the final four for the first time since 2000, but will have to go through fourth-seeded Francis Lewis to do so.
"We haven't really experienced a championship in our high school careers," Platt said. "It is really important for us to get there. We haven't been there in a really long time and for us to get there would be amazing."