Event Recap:(12-25; 21-25; 10-25)
After a sleep-in, a session on emergency procedures, and then lunch, the Bears hosted the Rhinos of The Taft School in our first home match of the season. At the end of the day, the Rhinos had prevailed 3-0 (25-12; 25-21; 25-10), and the Bears saw another key player injured.
In set one, a young Bear squad played well at the start but could not sustain a consistent effort. With the score tied 6-6, Morgan Manz ’13 ignited a scoring run for the Rhinos with excellent serving. The Rhinos also began to run an effective attack. Result, the Bears fell behind 15-6 and eventually lost the set 12-25. In addition to losing the set, the Bears also lost setter Elif Kesaf ’14 and had to shift to single-setter offense on the fly.
Set two started with the Bears earning three quick points with an ace from Krissy Goversten ’15 and two kills by Katie Moffett ’13. Taft the responded to take leads of 8-6 and 13-9. Another Rhino scoring run, fueled by good serving and timely hitting, pushed Taft’s advantage to ten points at 19-9. With Taft making several substitutions, a Rhino serving error brought Eliza Berg ’13 to the service line for the Bears. As the Rhinos lost focus, consistent serving by Eliza and kills from Krissy and Katie Stonecipher ’15 enabled the Bears to reduce the Rhino lead to two points at 17-19. After a Rhino side out, two kills by Caitlin Kiene ‘13 and a Taft hitting error meant the set was tied 20-20. With the score 21-21, the Rhinos used a four-point scoring run to close out the set 25-21.
Set three belonged to the Rhinos. Despite the play of Caitlin (2 kills; 2 aces) early in the set, Taft broke out to a 14-7 advantage and soon earned a 25-10 win to take the match 3-0.
Despite the loss, the Bears are making progress individually and as a team. The team will rebound quickly to prepare to meet the Hurricanes of Miss Hall’s School on Saturday, September 29. Livi Oliviel-Robinson ’15 received Moose for the match as she played out of position after Elif was injured. Player-of-the-Match could have gone to several players; however, Katie Moffett earned the right to hold Bear until Saturday with her fine play at the net.