Event Recap:(11-25; 25-9; 14-25; 18-25)
On a sun-dappled Saturday afternoon, the Tigers of Suffield Academy celebrated their Parents’ Weekend with a 3-1 over the Bears of Berkshire School. With a few fans in attendance in the Tisch Field House, the Tigers took command early in set one to take a 14-4 lead. Much of the damage was done through the service of #13 and the net play of #23. As the Bears struggled to find their rhythm, the Tigers rolled to a 25-11 win in set one.
The Tigers employed an altered lineup in set two and seemed to take a victory for granted. Setter Elif Kesaf ’14 provided the spark that enabled the Bears to quickly gain the momentum in the set. Her service points, in addition to attacks by Maddy Maher ’13 and Em Barclay ’15, enabled Berkshire to go ahead 8-0. Later two aces from Caitlin Kiene ’13 made it 11-1 Bears. This became 19-7 as Em supplied another kill, Eliza Berg ’13 served well (1 ace), and the Tigers were in search of the rhythm and poise they had displayed in set one. Highlights down the stretch in the 25-9 win for the Bears were an ace by Elif and another kill by Maddy Maher.
Volleyball is a game of momentum, and each set allows you to start anew. The Tigers used the interval between sets to regroup and started to play again with the confidence they had at the start of the match. Using consistent serving, fine net play (especially from #23) and some unforced errors by the Bears, the Tigers quickly went in front 6-1 and led 15-8 at the start of the second service rotation. Although the Bears received some spirited play by Caitlin (2 kills and 2 assists), Samone Defreese ’15 (2 kills) and Katie Stonecipher ’15 (2 kills and excellent hustle on D), we were unable to stave off the Tigers, who took the set 25-14.
This time the Bears regrouped during the interval. Using contributions at the net by Samone, Caitlin and Em, as well as nice serving by Nicole Martinez ’16 and Katie Stonecipher, the Bears led 13-9 and 14-10. At this point, #23 for the Tigers took control of the net to propel Suffield in front 19-14. With momentum prowling on the Tiger side of the net, Suffield took the set, and the match, 25-18.
Although it was a tough defeat for the Bears, the team demonstrated resolve and worked hard until the final whistle. As we continue our quest for cohesion on and off the court, the Bears will use the coming week to prepare to face the Saints of Canterbury School on the Duryee Varsity Court at 3:00 p.m. next Saturday. Although the bench was enthusiastic with its support today, Moose goes to Caitlin Kiene, who played with vigor despite being under the weather. Bear will reside with Elif Kesaf for the week due to her fine play and hustle throughout the match. We want to send out a special thank you to Bill Spalding ’65 who made the trek to Suffield to support all of his Bears. We also appreciate the tremendous support, verbal and treat-wise, of the Kiene family. And thank you Elsie Guevara ’13 for taking on the role of sole scorekeeper/manager so that a classmate can recover from the loss of a hard drive.
We hope to see some of you on the hardwood during the Parents’ Weekend celebration.