(15-25; 25-19; 25-14; 25-8)
Berkshire hosted the Miss Hall’s Hurricanes on Saturday, and the JV volleyball team was delighted to see a record number of fans turn out to support them. In the first set, however, the Bears were off their game, and the low energy they brought onto the court cost them some seemingly easy points. When the score reached 3-8, Coach Cohan called a timeout to try to help the team regroup, but to no avail. The Hurricanes’ more consistent serving and ambitious defense cost the Bears that first victory, 15-25.
Set two started off in a similar vein, but the Bears eventually rallied with a four-point serving run from Indie Coard ’16 and another one from Clementina Davila Tejeida ’14, supported by improved defense when the Hurricanes returned those serves.
It wasn’t until set three that the team truly gelled, and their playing began to reflect the full extent of their abilities. A seven-point serving run by Annie Love ‘16 helped to establish an early lead for Berkshire. Alyssa Cass ’15 and Ali Malecka ’14 provided excellent passing from the back row, and a few key digs by Kim Henry ’13 helped keep the ball in Berkshire’s hands, leading to a solid 25-14 win.
Success bred success for the Bears, and Kim Henry emerged as the standout star of set four. Her consistent serves brought the team to an early 11-2 lead, and at one noteworthy point on serve-receive, she surprised teammates and fans alike by passing the ball with her head! Other key contributors included setter Kay Humes ’15 and Clementina Davila Tejeida, whose powerful hitting kept Miss Hall’s on the defensive. The final score of 25-8 was the result of some impressive teamwork and communication among all the players on the court.
After a week at home, the Bears will hit the road again on Wednesday for the long trip to Northfield Mount Hermon, where they will take on the Hoggers.