12-25; 25-15; 23-25; 21-25
The JV volleyball squad welcomed the Westover Wildcats Saturdayfor the Bears' first game of the season. With several members of last year's team called up to varsity, the group has welcomed a number of new players, while returners like Sophie Needles '16, India Coard '16, and Sam Reagan '16 have stepped up to provide key leadership in practice.
The opening set was a tough one for the Bears, as Westover delivered some crushing serves that yielded them a strong victory of 12-25. Berkshire rallied in the second set, though, anchored by setters Silvana Gomez '17 and Ieva Butkute '16, whose seven-point serving spree helped secure the lead. Sophie Needles' similarly strong serving finished out the set, which Berkshire won handily, 25-15.
With the score tied 1-1, both teams went into the third set with renewed intensity. As the varsity squad wrapped up their match and came over to spectate on the JV side, the Bears and Wildcats traded points, neck and neck as the crowd grew, all the way to the 23-25 conclusion. This time, it was India Coard who delivered a series of unreturnable serves, and in combination with solid defense by Sam Reagan and Colleen Devanney '15, the Berkshire team held their own against a deep Westover bench.
That nailbiter of a third set was followed by a fourth just like it. After the first half of the game saw the score go back and forth a number of times, Ieva Butkute delivered another blistering set of serves that brought Berkshire into the lead, 15-12. With Molly Coleman '17 and Genesis Paulino '17 also providing strong back-row support, the Bears gave Westover a run for their money, but ultimately were defeated 21-25.
Now that the team has tasted competition, they look forward to taking on Williston next Saturday in the Berkshire gym at 3pm.