Buoyed by a solid performance at Taft last weekend, Berkshire welcomed the Miss Hall’s Hurricanes on Wednesday. As in their previous match, the JV squad played their best volleyball yet, but while it was a close match throughout, the Bears ultimately did not triumph over their opposition.
The early score of the first set inched forward – 4-4, 5-5, 6-6 – until a few strong serves by Miss Hall’s put them five points ahead at 8-13, a gap that remained more or less in place for the rest of the set. As the two teams traded the serve back and forth, Kay Humes ’15, Sophie Needles ’16, and Ieva Butkute ’16 all sent strong aces over the net, only to see their next serves fall short or get sent right back over the net. On defense, Julie Kokot ’17 got some good digs to the setter, and Kay Humes was relentless in her determination to keep the ball off the floor.
In the second set, the Bears displayed incredible teamwork and a renewed commitment to using all three touches strategically before sending the ball back over. An incredible nine-point serving run by Indie Coard ’16 put the Bears decisively in the lead, 12-5. Meanwhile, Molly Chapman ’17 and Colleen Devanney ’15 were sending beautifully controlled passes to the front row, where Kay Humes would set the ball high in the air, so Sophie Needles could make the split-second decision to spike or tip it over. The Hurricanes’ serving was more consistent, though, which helped them inch into the lead, ultimately taking the set 22-25.
The solid teamwork continued into the third set, though the Bears struggled to keep control of the ball long enough for the team’s most reliable servers to spend much time in the service position. As a result, Miss Hall’s claimed an early lead that proved too difficult to overcome. Nonetheless, Sam Reagan ’16 was a standout in the back row, hustling hard to cover the court on defense. Didi Fade ’17 continued to improve her front-row offensive game, using her height to score points with her strong hitting. Sophie Needles also notched an impressive kill that brought the score to 13-17. When the game ended, the Bears were not discouraged by the score – rather, the Berkshire team was happy to see their hard work in practice paying off with consistent improvement at every game. Keep it up, girls!