Berkshire 3 Kingswood Oxford 0 (25-19; 25-19; 25-10)
In the first meeting between Berkshire and Kingswood Oxford on the volleyball court, the Bears prevailed over the Wyvern 3-0 (25-19; 25-19, 25-10) on another SAT Saturday. Set one saw the Bears establish an early 10-5 advantage through the net play of Samone DeFreese ’16, Greta Dorsey ’14, Katie Stonecipher ’15, and Krissy Goversten ’15. The Wyvern responded with a run of their own so that the Bears lead 14-11 when Annie Love’s ace sparked a stretch, also highlighted by a kill and two aces from Katie, in which the squad pushed our advantage to seven points at 19-12. A second Wyvern run reduced our lead to three at 19-16, but a kill by Sassy Cosman-Connery ’14 halted the run and gave us our twentieth point. Following a Wyvern block, Samone took control at the net, and we used her three kills to close out the set 25-19.
Although the Bears would also take set two 25-19, the journey was more contentious as the two squads competed intensely for each point. An ace from setter Elif Kesaf ’14 and a kill by Samone started us off on a positive note; however, the Wyvern responded to tie the score. Thus, the pattern of push and respond was established for the set with the Bears holding leads of 8-2, 8-5, 11-5, 12-6, and 13-7. At this juncture, the Wyvern rolled off five points to tie the score 13-13. The squads exchanged points and side outs so that the Bears held a slim 19-17 advantage when a kill by Samone sparked a five-point run, including an ace by Samone as well as a kill and a block from Emily “Sparkles” Barclay, that took us to set point. Following two KO points, Emily preserved our 25-19 win with another block.
Using the momentum of their win in set two, the Bears controlled the tempo of play in set three. As she has done all year, Elif got us started with solid serving and setting. Using kills by Samone (2), Sassy, Katie (2), and Emily and a block by Emily, the Bears led 12-8 when Emily started an extended service run. In addition to four aces by Emily, two blocks and a kill by Samone highlighted scoring as the Bears moved in front 20-9. Samone also supplied our next four points via the kill as we closed out a 3-0 match win with a 25-10 set victory.
Team was our mantra for today. With the back row (Katie, Krissy, Annie, Samone, and Livi Oliviel-Robinson ’15) providing solid passing, our setters, Elif and Morgan Handwerker ’15, ran our most efficient attack so far this season. Consequently, Greta, Krissy, Katie, Sassy, Emily, and Samone registered at least one kill each today. In addition, our service was spot on. The squad selected TEAM as the recipient of Moose for the match, and Elif- setter, scholar and SAT test taker- will hold him until our next match. Several players were in contention for Bear; however, Samone’s domination at the net and solid play in the back row earned her player-of-the-match honors. The team will now prepare for our final road match of the regular season, which will be against Miss Porter’s School.
We again thank our families and friends for their support and the delicious post-match treats. I also want to thank the melodious squad for their post-match serenade.