Volleyball - Girls Junior Varsity
vs. Northfield Mount Hermon
|Date:||October 2, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 1-NMH 3 (14-25; 25-20; 22-25; 15-25)|
The Berkshire Bears JV volleyball team hosted the Northfield Mount Hermon Hoggers on Wednesday, October 2. The Bears were looking to get back on track after a few losses in a row, and while they fell short of the win, they played some of their best volleyball of the season thus far. After dropping the first set 14-25, the Bears shook off the game-day nerves, dug their heels in and got out to an early lead behind a run of good serves by Indie Coard ’16. Kay Humes ’15 showed tremendous hustle on defense to help hold serve against NMH, and IevaButkute ’16, Silvana Gomez ’17, Sophie Needles ’16, and Didi Fade ’17 with a huge kill, all made contributions that enabled Berkshire to win the set 25-20 and even the match up at one apiece.
In the third set of the best-of-five series, the Bears traded blows evenly with the Hoggers, resulting in an exciting back-and-forth competition that saw each team hold the lead late in the set. The Bears played as they’d practiced in the days leading up to the game, slowing things down, communicating, and taking the opportunity to touch the ball three times each time it came onto their side, which lead to some great hits by Genesis Paulino ‘17. The result was a 22-25 win for NMH, but it was obvious that both sides had been pushed to their limit entering the fourth set.
In a game deeper than three sets for only the second time this season, and having put so much energy and emotion into getting there, the Bears seemed to lack the energy (but not the desire) to pull even again, and dropped the fourth set 15-25. There were plenty of highlights from the day and a definite realization of what it will take to compete as the season wears on and all the teams in the division become more fundamentally solid. The Bears take to the road on Saturday, October 5, for a rematch with the Williston Northampton School.