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Volleyball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive vs. Pierson

October 15, 2014
Cordae Mattson rises up for the block (Photo credit: Shannon Kelly)

Cordae Mattson rises up for the block (Photo credit: Shannon Kelly)

Heading into today, the volleyball team needed to win three of their final four games to qualify for the postseason. They rose to the occasion in a 3-0 sweep over the Whalers.

Set One

The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, but five consecutive points from Pierson wrested the lead away. Hannah Abrahamsen scored a kill to end the run, then helped the Brook start one of their own with her serve. After Samantha Petersen gave the Bears a 6-5 lead, Abrahamsen unloaded three straight serves that Pierson failed to return. After another perfectly placed touch from Petersen, a long rally during which the Bears withstood two hard spikes, and another great serve by Abrahamsen, the Bears had a 12-5 edge. They pushed the lead to 14-6 when an ace by Cordae Mattson clipped the net, then to 18-8 after Alissa Holt scored on consecutive serves. The girls looked poised to take the game easily after building a 21-11 advantage behind a perfectly played shot off of the ceiling by Petersen and a kill by Mattson, but the Whalers showed grit with six consecutive points to close the gap to 21-17. The Bears would prove to be too much as they reeled off four of the next five points for the win. Mattson closed the game with a gorgeous ace that painted the right sideline. | 25-18

Set Two

Petersen was the star of set two, coming up with the right play over and over to stymie the athletic Whalers. She put a perfectly placed touch right between four defenders to close an early deficit to 2-3, then used another quick hit to bring the Bears back to within 4-6. Still trailing 8-11, the Brook used a four-point spurt to take the lead as Marlee Painter served them back in front. With the Bears ahead 16-13, they used a five-point surge to wrest away control of the match, highlighted by a powerful block from Holt and Petersen. Trailing 21-13, Pierson fought back once again to within 21-16, but a three-point run by our girls all but broke their backs. Holt’s partially blocked kill ended a hard-fought second set. | 25-19

Set Three

If the Whalers weren’t already demoralized by an 0-2 deficit, the Bears’ surge to start set three may have done the job. They ran off the first eight points, punctuated by an ace from Painter and a spike from Mattson. They built a 10-2 lead on another perfectly located kill from Petersen, a 14-9 edge on a great change-up kill from Abrahamsen, and a 16-10 advantage on a block from Mattson. Pierson was still hanging within six points, but a five-point run all but spelled their demise. A kill by Holt, two failed returns, a ball out of bounds, and an ace from Abrahamsen gave the Brook an insurmountable 22-11 lead before they ultimately took the set and the match. | 25-13


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