In a case of “déjà vu all over again,” the Bears succumbed 3-2 to an opponent after having taken a 2-0 lead. On Saturday, the Gators took an early 6-0 lead in set one; however, the steady serve of Krissy Goversten ’15 and the presence of Samone DeFreese ’16 at the net enabled the Bears to make a run to take an 11-6 lead. As we moved through the first service rotation, Berkshire maintained a slim lead and led 19-15 in the second rotation when the Gators surged ahead 20-19. Although Berkshire regained the lead at 21-20, Greenwich went in front 22-21. Two kills by Katie Stonecipher ’15 and a Gator hitting error put the Bears up 24-22. A kill by the Gators closed the gap to one at 24-23’ but the Bears hung on to take set one 25-23.
Playing with confidence and poise, the Bears built a 12-4 lead behind the net play of Samone, Katie, and Emily Barclay ’15 as well as fine passes from Krissy and Livi Oliviel-Robinson ’15. After a Gator rally (12-8), the Bears slowly increased their advantage to lead 17-11 and 23-14. At this point, momentum in the set and the match started to shift as the Gators rallied to trail by two at 23-21. Although the Bears hung on to win the set 25-22, the Gators had become rejuvenated.
Set three saw the two squads battle for points and the lead. At the start of the second service rotation, the Gators used a run to increase their lead from two (10-8) to six (14-8). As we progressed through the second rotation, the Bears fought hard to cut into the Gator advantage and tied the score at 19-19. The Gators responded with a run to lead 23-19 and finally took the third set 25-20.
Play remained intense and the score tight through the first two service rotations of set four. With the Gators leading 15-11 midway through the second service rotation, the Bears cut their deficit to one at 14-15, but Greenwich surged ahead 18-14. With Berkshire behind 19-21, the Gators used a four-point run to close out set four 25-19.
Set five reflected the play-off atmosphere of the match. After falling behind 0-2, the Bears took advantage of fine plays by Samone and Katie to move in front 5-3 and 7-5. Fine hitting and serving by the Gators’ #12 saw Greenwich lead 8-7 as the teams switched sides of the court. Although the score was tied at 8-8 and 9-9, the Gators took control with a four-point run to lead 13-9. The Bears scored the next two points; however, the Gators closed out the set (15-11) and the match via two kills.
Despite the loss, the Bears played well in stretches on Saturday and are using Mountain Day to rest, catch up on sleep, and take advantage of our location at the base of Mt. Everett. “Team” once again received Moose, and Bear went to Krissy and Samone for their excellent play throughout the match. On Tuesday, we prepare to face the Hurricanes of Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield on Wednesday, October 30. We heartedly thank the Dorseys and the Loves for the delicious treats and our fans for their generous support.