Event Recap:(25-16; 25-18; 25-8)
Oh, the difference a year makes! A young, inexperienced Berkshire squad made the trip to Williston-Northampton School a successful one with a 3-0 win over the Wildcats. With a revamped line-up due to injuries and a week between matches, the Bears spent the first few plays of set one getting to know each other. Newcomers Em Barclay ’15 (2 kills) and Katie Stonecipher ’15 (3 aces) got us started as the Bears surged to a 7-2 lead. As the two squads engaged in a series of side outs, kills by Samone Defreese ’15 (2) and Em allowed us to maintain our advantage (11-5). Consistent serving by co-captain Eliza Berg ’13 helped stretch our lead to ten points at 15-5. After an exchange of short scoring runs, the Wildcats cut our lead to five points (21-16) with a nice service run. A Wildcat service error ended the Williston rally and sent Katie Stonecipher to the service line for a second time. A kill by Caitlin Kiene ’13 on an overpass and a push by Katie S. closed out a 25-16 win.
In set two, the Wildcats used consistent, accurate serving, as well as a very nice block, to establish a 5-0 lead. Caitlin Kiene finally woke up her teammates with a kill on an assist from Nicole Martinez ’16. Following a swap of side outs, Caitlin supplied two aces and Em a kill to help the Bears even the score at 6-6. With the teams playing on even basis, the score stood 11-11 when Maddy Maher ’13 provided a block that reenergized the Bears. A kill by Maddy, an ace by Samone, and a kill by Caitlin pushed us ahead 15-11. The Wildcats responded to lead 16-15. The bleeding stopped on a kill by Caitlin, who was assisted by Elif Kesaf ’14. Although two aces from Nicole Martinez made it 18-16 in our favor, two Bear mistakes evened the set at 18-18. Momentum finally settled on the Bear side of the court when Caitlin put down another kill on a nice set from Katie S. Our next point came via a crisp pass by Katie Stonecipher, a nice set by Nicole, and an aggressive swing by Em. Katie S. then reeled off three aces as the Bears took control of the set. After a Wildcat error gained us our twenty-fourth point, Caitlin sealed our 25-18 win with a kill on an overpass.
Set three belonged to the Bears. With Williston missing a key player due to the effects of a previous injury, the Wildcats came out flat. In contrast, Katie S. established the tone for the Bears with a sharp kill, on another good set from Nicole, to earn our first point. With Katie S., Caitlin, and Elif serving well, and with Em and Samone active at the net, the Bears quickly forged ahead 13-4. Maddy Maher cut short any thoughts of a Wildcat rally at this point with a kill on a set from Elif. Eliza B. then used accurate and consistent serving, including three aces, to enable us to run our advantage to 21-5. Following Samone’s kill on our twentieth point, we gained our points on Wildcat errors until Katie S. ended the set (25-8) and the match (3-0) with an ace.
Tired but jubilant, the Bears enjoyed the treats supplied by the Kiene and Goversten families. The win was indeed a team effort as we received fine play from a number of players. Samone came out of the athletic training suite to play well both at the net and in the back row. Em is developing into quite a presence at the net, as is Maddy Maher who is playing with confidence and consistency. Nicole and Elif, our setters, ran an effective attack and served well today. Katie Moffett ’12 quietly had a very effective match, and Eliza B. complemented her consistent service game with increased confidence and accuracy in the back row. Because of her effort and her positive spirit, the team presented Moose, out totem of heart and spirit, to Eliza. Caitlin Kiene was again in the hunt for Bear as she had another good match- six kills, three aces, and an assist. Finally, Katie Stonecipher earned Bear, which goes to the player of the match, due to her overall contributions. Playing in a new position on the floor, Katie supplied nine aces, two kills, and an assist. Just as important was her crisp, accurate passes and her hustle to keep every ball in play, which is infectious.
Volleyball returns to action next Wednesday, September 25, in a match at home with the Rhinos of The Taft School. We hope to have at least one more player off the “can-not-play” list by then. We look forward to seeing you at our first home match of the season.