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Volleyball - Girls Varsity
vs. Miss Porter's
|Date:||November 6, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 3 - Miss Porter’s 1 (20-25; 25-14; 25-15; 25-20)|
After a hiatus of a year due to Hurricane Sandy, the Bears of Berkshire and the Fighting Daisies of Miss Porter’s renewed their rivalry on the volleyball court. The day was dramatic as the Berkshire sent two players, one JV and one varsity, to the hospital for treatment and the varsity rallied 3-1 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The volleyball program wishes to publicly thank Ms. Kelly Perkins, Director of Sports Performance and Athletic Training at Miss Porter’s, for her kind attention to our players.
The match started with Miss Porter’s building and holding a lead through the first service rotation. Leading 12-8 at the start of the second rotation, Miss Porter’s extended it to 15-8 and 17-10 with excellent serving and solid hitting. Two kills by Co-captain Greta Dorsey ’14 and an ace by Samone DeFreese ’16 seemed to awaken the Bears from their slumbers. Trailing 24-16, the Bears, fueled by the hitting of Emily Barclay ’15 and the serving of Katie Stonecipher ’15, reduced the deficit to four points, but the Daisies held on to win 25-20.
With our defense providing passes that enabled setter Elif Kesaf ’14 to put up decent sets, the Bears played Miss Porter’s even up through the first service rotation of set two. A block by Samone capped a short scoring run that saw the Bears go in front 12-10. Although Miss Porter’s tied the score 12-12, the Bears were now playing with confidence and rhythm. Building on excellent net play and serving by Samone, the Bears surged to a 22-13 advantage and then took set two 25-14.
With “Big Mo” on the Berkshire side of the net, the Bears built leads of 11-6 and 16-8 during the first service rotation of set three. In addition to the net play of Samone, Krissy Goversten ’15 (1 kill, 1 ace, and nice passes), Katie Stonecipher ’15 (1 kill, 1 ace and excellent movement defensively), and Emily Barclay ’15 (1 block and 3 aces) contributed to our scoring runs. With the Bears at set point (24-11), Miss Porter’s rallied; however, Berkshire finally closed out the set 25-15.
Miss Porter’s used their run at the end of set three to regain some of the confidence they had lost. Consequently, set four was a contentious affair. The Bears built a small lead, and the Daisies responded to move in front. The pattern was then repeated. Early in the second service rotation, Miss Porter’s went ahead 15-12 and then 18-14. Then came the magic moment of the day, and my heart sang as the squad demonstrated the tenacity and all-out hustle that we had seen displayed on the practice court. We displayed grit. Capitalizing on a Porter’s service error, the squad rolled off five more points to take a 20-18 lead. After a Porter’s kill, we used another service error by Porter’s and a kill each by Katie and Emily to go up 23-19. Following another kill by Porter’s, we closed out the set (25-20) and the match on a well-placed pass by Krissy and a sparkling serve by Emily.
Despite the unusual occurrence of playing after the JV squad and the loss of Morgan Handwerker ’15, one of our setters, due to injury, the squad recovered and played well on the road. Consequently, we have kept our play-off hope alive. Moose went to Team once again, and “Elif the Magnificent” earned Moose for her stellar play as our sole setter following Morgan’s departure. We thank the Love family for the sandwiches and the treats. Not only were they delicious but they also enabled us to get Morgan back to campus ASAP. The squad now takes on the Titans of Wilbraham and Monson Academy on Saturday, Senior Day. See you there.