Using a week of practice to bond and work on skills, the Bears came out pumped to play the Wildcats of The Williston-Northampton School on the hardwood of the Duryee Court. In fact, the Bears were too pumped as the match started. Consequently, a few nice plays, an ace from co-captain Elif Kesaf ’14 and a kill from Samone DeFreese ’16, were mingled among a spat of errors by both squads. The set moved forward frenziedly as the squads exchanged side outs. Eventually, kills by Katie “Dirt Devil” Stonecipher ’15 andSassy Cosman-Connery ’14 seemed to settle the squad and bring some order to our play. Sassy’s kill sent Katie to the service line. Two service points (1 ace) and a Wildcat net violation later, the Bears led 13-9. Two mistakes by the Bears then cut our advantage to two points. Emily “The Voice” Barclay ’15 then proceeded to serve out the set. In addition to Emily’s six service points (4 aces), Samone provided two kills and a block, and Sassy chipped in with a kill as the Bears prevailed 25-11.
In a case of "Déjà vu all over again" the Bears started set two gaining points via Wildcat errors. (The exceptions were an ace by Elif and kills from co-captain Greta Dorsey ’14 and Emily Barclay.) Leading 10-8, Emily made three well-placed serves and the Bears took advantage of the opportunity to put down three kills, two by Sassy and one by Samone. After a spurt of side outs, a kill by Samone, an ace by Sassy, and a kill by Elif, the Bears led 18-10. With the score in the Bears’ favor 19-11, Samone embarked upon a service rune of three points, and Greta notched another kill. Emily’s block brought us to set point at 24-11. After a Bear hitting mistake, a Williston hitting error closed out the set.
Up two sets to none, the Bears started the final set with “Big Mo” on our side of the net. Strong serving by Elif set the tone as we used her two service points and the net play ofSamone, a block and a kill, to go up 6-0. The Wildcats responded to cut the lead to threeat 6-3; however, a kill by Samone ended their run and brought Krissy Goversten ’15 to the service line. Twelve serves later, the Bears led 19-3. In addition to Krissy’s eight service points (6 aces), the Bears earned points kills from Samone (2) and Greta. Down the stretch in a 25-6 set win, Samone supplied another kill while Annie Love ’16 delivered two service points, with one ace. Katie closed out our scoring with a kill and a service ace.
Overall, the team played with poise and enthusiasm today. Team was the mantra on the court and on the spirited bench. (Coach Spalding, and his assistant “The Voice”, had the bench engaged throughout the match.) Using the passes from Katie, Krissy, Samone,Livi Oliviel-Robinson ‘15 and Annie, our setters, Elif and Morgan Handwerker ’15, ran an effective attack. On defense, Samone and Emily were steadfast at the net and our back-row players were tenacious in tracking down the ball. Team earned Moose for the match, and Emily Barclay will hold him until the next match. Bear went to Elif Kesaf, who served well and ran the offense with aplomb.
We thank our fans for their energetic support and the Dorseys for the post-match treats. The squad hits the road for our next match as we journey south to face Taft on Wednesday, September 25.