Volleyball - Girls Junior Varsity
|Date:||October 24, 2012|
|Score:||1 - 3|
(24-26; 18-25; 25-17; 18-25)
The Bears returned from Parents’ Weekend not to practice, but to an immediate match-up against the Hotchkiss Bearcats. Despite being a bit rusty from the break, the Berkshire squad kept the score close in each set, and while Hotchkiss ultimately went home with the win, it just as easily could have gone the other way.
Annie Love ’16 got the first set started with a run of four unreturned serves, but the Bears soon fell prey to a scoring run by the Bearcats that left the team trailing 7-14. Powerhouse hitter Clementina Davila Tejeida ’14 sustained a sprained thumb that left the team without one of its most consistent players. That setback, however, helped galvanize the team for a remarkable comeback – thanks to great communication on the court and effective passing from the back row, Hotchkiss only barely took the set, with a final score of 24-26.
In the second set, the Bears redoubled their efforts against the Bearcats and seemed to deploy every strategy at their disposal to even the score. Sophie Needles ’16 played her best game of the season thus far, dispatching four straight serves, a few great digs, and a powerful kill. Setter Indie Coard ’16 played the ball beautifully off the net, salvaging a few points that in previous games might have gone straight to the floor. Indie and Kim Henry ’13 proved to be an unstoppable blocking duo, intimidating the opposition with their strong defense, and the Bears triumphed, 25-17.
The third set saw the Bears’ same great collaboration and energy on the court. Sophie Needles continued to perform beautifully, leading the team with her five-point serving run and scoring some great hits. Similarly, Ali Malecka ’14 played a smart offensive game, carefully placing her hits to take advantage of holes in the Bearcats’ defense. However, the Berkshire squad struggled to retain the serve, and Hotchkiss’s #16 managed to serve a total of ten points over the course of the set, resulting in the Bears’ loss, 18-25.
In the fourth and final set, the Bears again faced a powerful server in the Bearcats’ #10, who notched a total of twelve points in her two serving runs. Though Annie Love got the team off to a great start, with a 5-1 lead, and Kim Henry’s aggressive offense helped to keep the game relatively close, the Bears were unable to even things up, and succumbed to Hotchkiss, 18-25.
On Saturday, the team will have a few days of practice under their belts when they travel to Greenwich Academy, where they will square off against the Gators.