Volleyball - Girls Varsity
vs. Ethel Walker
|Date:||October 9, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 2 - Ethel Walker 3 (25-21; 25-18; 19-25; 22-25; 12-15)|
The Wildcats of The Ethel Walker School and the Bears of Berkshire School treated their fans to an exciting five-set match, which ended with the Wildcats prevailing 3-2. The Bears emerged from the white van ready to play and used the serving of Annie Love ’16 and the play of Katie Stonecipher ’15 and Emily “Sparkles” Barclay ’15 to gain momentum in set one. Playing with confidence and rhythm, the Bears established leads of 17-11 and 22-15. Although the Wildcats rallied, Berkshire finally won set one 25-21. Katie got us started in set two with a series of consistent serves, and “Sparkles” ruled the net with three kills and two blocks in this sequence. With Sassy Cosman-Connery ’14 also hitting well and Michaelann Denton ’14 chipping in with a couple of good serves, the Bears led 15-11 as we began the second service rotation. Down the stretch, good passes from Annie, Michaelann, Krissy Goversten ’15, and Katie allowed Morgan Handwerker ’15 to run an effective attack. Consequently, the Bears took set two 25-18.
Life became even more intense in set three as the team exchanged points and side outs during the first service rotation. Tied at 10-10 as the second service began, the Wildcats used a six-point scoring run to take control of play and eventually took set three 25-18. Highlights for the Bears during the set included the hitting of co-captain Greta Dorsey ’14 and the passing of our back row. Set four was marked by lead changes and scoring runs by both squads. Using the serves of Annie and Katie, as well as the hitting of Sparkles, Berkshire led 7-1, but Walker’s rallied to forge ahead 10-9 and 16-14 as the second service rotation began. Down 18-22, the Bears rallied to tie the score 22-22 behind the service of Michaelann and the hitting of Sparkles. Alas, Fortuna cast her sweet gaze toward the Wildcat side of the net, and Walker’s earned three consecutive points to take the set 25-22 and even the match at two sets each.
A fifth set is played to fifteen points. Sparkles earned the Bears our first two positive points with a kill and a service ace as the two teams swapped side outs and points. The Bears seemed to gain momentum with Katie putting down a couple of kills; however, a third kill was negated with the call for a replay. The Wildcats used the opportunity to string together three points and lead 8-7 as the teams switched sides of the court. With Katie hitting well from the outside and Sassy adding a kill as well, the Bears tied the score at 11-11. Trailing 12-13 and with Elif Kesaf ’14 at the service line, the Bears appeared poised to even the score. Sadly, two unforced errors by the Bears presented the Wildcats with two points, a 15-12 set win and a 3-2 match victory
In defeat, a few highlights stand out for the Bears. Overall, the “back row” (Annie, Michaelann, Krissy, Katie, and Livi Oliviel-Robinson ’15) played well and provided our setters with good passes and in general kept the ball in play on hard-driven balls. Morgan and Elif ran an effective attack with some sweet sets. And as usually, Mr. Spalding had the service game humming. Building on her hard work this week, Sassy had a nice match and garnered Moose due to her positive attitude and play. Emily B. sparkled today and received serious consideration as the player of the match. Bear, however, clearly belonged to Katie Stonecipher, who did everything humanly possible to keep us in the last three sets, especially set five. The team will strive to learn from today’s match and then prepare to face Suffield Academy on Saturday, October 12.
The varsity squad extends a special shout out to the JV squad, which provided us with raucous support after their arrival at the end of the second set. We thank them for their support and congratulate them on their win over the Wildcats.