(25-14; 25-20; 25-21)
When the JV volleyball team found itself up against a team called the Wildcats for the third time this season – from three different schools! – this coach was inspired to find out what collective noun might be used to describe this gathering. As it happens, a group of wildcats is ominously referred to as a “destruction.” To be fair, Berkshire’s showing against the Ethel Walker Wildcats this Wednesday might not exactly qualify as a “destruction of Wildcats,” but the Bears certainly made a strong showing, swiftly defeating their opponents in three sets.
Strong, consistent serving was the key to the team’s first victory, with Annie Love ’16, Kim Henry ’13, and Clementina Davila Tejeida ’14 keeping the ball in Berkshire’s possession for a combined total of 18 points. Kay Humes ’15 led some great plays on defense, diving to prevent the ball from hitting the floor.
Annie Love kept that momentum going into the beginning of the second set, swiftly bringing the score to 6-1. Alyssa Cass ’15 followed up with two aces of her own, and when the ball did eventually come back over the net, the Berkshire defense was ready for it, with solid passing from Nicky Friedman ’15 and Annie Love. The team’s energy seemed to fade in the middle of the set, though, and they saw their commanding lead narrow from 16-5 to 21-16, at which point Coach Cohan called a timeout to refocus the group. Upon returning to the court, the Bears were able to score the four points they needed to bring the set to a close.
The score was neck and neck for much of the third and final set, as the Wildcats chipped away at the early lead established by third-former Indie Coard’s serving streak. Setter Kay Humes and hitter Amani Bethea ’16 proved to be a powerhouse team, working together beautifully to help the Bears come out ahead on a few points, and ultimately win the set 25-21.
On Saturday, the Bears will hit the road once again, competing against the Suffield Academy Tigers on their Parents Weekend.