Event Recap:(25-12; 22-25; 25-10; 25-9)
On a cool, cloudy afternoon in Sheffield, the Bears renewed their rivalry with the Hurricanes of Miss Hall’s School. Although the Bears, due to injuries and off-campus commitments, began the match with a new lineup for the fourth consecutive match, setter Nicole Martinez ’16 staked the Bears to a 9-0 in set one with excellent serving. Eliza Berg ’13 then pushed the lead to 15-1 with another series of consistent serves. In addition, our attack began to click as Eliza and Caitlin Kiene ’12 chipped in with kills. After two aces from Caitlin and a Hurricane hitting error, the Bears held a 21-5 advantage. At this point, the Bears began to lose focus. Using a nice kill, an ace, and a sequence of Bear mistakes, the Hurricanes rallied; however, the Bears finally prevailed 25-12.
Set two was a more contentious affair. Building on a kill and an ace by Caitlin, the Bears broke out to a 6-2 lead. The Hurricanes responded to make the score 6-5. At this point, the Bears’ went into hibernation, and the Hurricanes began to serve and play with confidence. As we moved through the rest of the first service rotation, the only positive point for Berkshire was a kill by Nicole, with an assist from Maddy Maher ’13. After Miss Hall’s served to start the second service rotation, the Hurricanes held a 16-12 advantage. Eliza’s consistent serve and a kill from Caitlin enabled Berkshire to even the set at 16 points each. A nice block and two good serves pushed the Hurricanes in front again, 19-16. A kill and three wicked serves by Caitlin allowed the Bears to edge ahead 20-19. A Bear hitting error evened the score at 20-20. However, a kill by Maddy and an ace from super sophomore Krissy Govertsen pushed the Bears in front 22-20 and seemed to swing momentum to the Berkshire side of the net. Fortuna, however, did not tarry with the Bears. After a Berkshire hitting error, the Hurricanes moved in front 23-22 due to two unforced errors by the Bears. Miss Hall’s then sealed their 25-22 win with an ace and a thunderous kill on a Bear overpass. As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once stated, “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
With Fortuna smiling from the Hurricanes’ side of the Duryee Varsity Court, Coach Turner rallied the squad while I submitted our lineup for set three. Set three was a reprise of set one. With Nicole Martinez serving bullets and Caitlin, Eliza and Katie Stonecipher ’15 providing kills, the Bears took an 8-0 lead. Although two Bear hitting errors presented Miss Hall’s with their first points, a kill from Caitlin and two nice serves from Eliza made the score 11-2. With a kill from Katie S. and an ace from Caitlin, the Bears led 13-4. With the Bears in front 14-6, Krissy went to the service line and put the Bears firmly in command of the set by igniting a nine-point scoring run. In addition to Krissy’s seven aces, Maddy added a kill as Berkshire now led 23-6. Once again our focus wavered, as we needed two Hurricane serving errors to close out the set 25-10 to lead the match two sets to one.
The Bears used a kill by Caitlin (during a nice rally that started the set), a kill by Katie S., and an ace from Krissy to help establish an 8-5 lead toward the end of the first service rotation in set four. At this point, it was Maddy Maher, playing under the pressure of having kinfolk at the match, who started the run that put the Bears in control of the set. At the end of Maddy’s service run (highlighted by Maddy’s three aces and a kill by Nicole), the Bears led 14-6. With Berkshire leading 15-7, Nicole once again served well (4 aces) to push our advantage to 21-8. A kill by Nicole brought Eliza B. to the service line with Berkshire leading 22-9. Three serves later (2 aces) the Bears had earned a 25-9 set win and a 3-1 match victory.
Serving and passing, especially by Eliza B. (5 aces; 6 kills), Caitlin (6 aces;), Krissy (9 aces), Katie S., and Livi Oliviel-Robinson ’15, were the keys to our win today. Because of the good passes, Nicole Martinez, who contributed with nine assists, three kills, and twelve aces, ran a varied attack today. Because of her efforts, Nicole earned “Bear” as the player of the match. In addition, we received nice play at the net from our middles. Maddy Maher, playing at the net for an absent Samone Defreese ’15, contributed with 3 kills to complement her 3 aces. In addition to providing a positive on-court presence, Caitlin Kiene (7 kills) continued to be a force at the net and a steadying influence in the back row. “Moose” went to Livi, who supplied energy and good passes as a back-row player. Finally, Katie Moffett ’13 continues to be a presence on the right side.
The team will return to action against Northfield Mount Hermon School on Wednesday, October 3, when we make the long journey north. We want to thank our fans for their cheers and post-match treats.