(25-10; 25-17; 25-22)
Building on the excitement from last week’s inaugural j.v. volleyball game, the team boarded the bus to Williston in high spirits. By the time the Bears emerged from the locker room, their faces were streaked with green and gray paint, and they were ready for competition.
The first set saw echoes of last week’s triumph, though this time, Berkshire’s unstoppable power server was Clementina Davila Tejeida ’14, who delivered ten serves in a row that never came back over the net. After that run, it did not take long to bring things to a close, thanks to strong defense from court-captain Kay Humes ’15 and Annie Love ’16, and some more consistent serving from Nicky Friedman ’15.
Set two started out just as strong, with Indie Coard ’16 and Clementina Davila Tejeida providing capable defense as Kay Humes served up a run of six points, followed by four from Annie Love. Chelsea Leeds ’15 distinguished herself on serve-receive with some impressive digs. As the game went on, though, the team lost focus and sacrificed some points with sloppy passing and premature hitting. The set ended on a bright note, though – an ace from Indie Coard that clinched the game for Berkshire.
The third set, the narrowest victory yet, saw some of the same difficulties as the second. Berkshire struggled to return serves consistently, and one Williston server notched six points before the Bears could get the ball back over the net. Luckily, while Berkshire’s defense wobbled, serving remained solid, as evidenced by a five-point run from Annie Love and an ace from Sam Reagan ’16.
Toward the end of that third set, Savanna Fortgang ’16 passed to Annie Love, who set it up perfectly for hitter Indie Coard – and then the trio repeated the play on the very next point. That kind of teamwork and consistency will be the key to the team’s first home game on Wednesday, a match-up against Taft.