A journey of a few miles can be just as difficult as a trek along the many miles of the Silk Route. In our annual tussle with the Bearcats of The Hotchkiss School, the Bears found it difficult to find a consistent sense of place on the v-ball court. Consequently, the Bearcats prevailed in the end 3-1.
Despite playing well at the start, the Bears could not maintain momentum, and the Bearcats took set one 25-15. In set two, it was the Bearcats who searched for cohesion and rhythm. With the Bears getting kills from Samone DeFreese ’16 (4), Katie Stonecipher ’15 (2), and Greta Dorsey ’14, the Bears took a 14-7 lead during the first service rotation and extended it to 18-7 as Samone continued to play with passion at the net. Although the Bearcats staged a rally, two kills by Emily Barclay ’15 and a couple of aces by Katie highlighted our play as the Bears won set two 25-18.
Set three saw momentum swing to the Bearcat side of the net. Using sharp serves and an effective attack, Hotchkiss took an early 11-8 lead and slowly pushed it to 18-12 as the second service rotation began. A block and two kills made it 21-12, and the Bearcats soon celebrated a 25-15 set win.
Set four was a more contentious affair as the Bears searched for consistency in our passing. With Annie Love ’16 serving well and Samone again playing with passion at the net, Berkshire turned a 3-6 deficit into a 9-6 lead. The Bearcats, however, responded soon after with a scoring run to go ahead 17-10 and soon reached set and match point at 24-18. (Kills by Katie and Elif Kesaf ’14 had helped to keep us somewhat close to the Bearcats.) At this point, the Bears regained their poise behind a kill from Greta and the service Annie. Kills by Emily B., Samone, and Katie cut the Bearcats’ advantage to two at 22-24. Unfortunately, a Bear serving error ended the set and the match.
The Bears returned home via Route 41, and by the time we reached the Mass/Conn border spirits were up, and the squad was thinking of our next match. We will now prepare to face a solid Greenwich Academy squad at home on Saturday, October 26. Moose went to the Bench for their enthusiasm and cheers throughout the match. (We also thank the JV squad for their raucous support.) Bear went to co-captain Greta Dorsey for her positive approach and play during the match. Finally, we again thank our families and friends for their support and the post-match goodies.