On Saturday, the girls’ volleyball team opened the season with a dominant non-league sweep of Christian Heritage who traveled down from Trumbull, CT for the first ever clash between the two schools.
Heritage got out to a quick 3-0 lead, thanks to a pair of aces, and still held a 5-7 edge when Shannuel Lamptey launched consecutive aces to even the score. A Bekah Detwiler kill gave the Brook their first lead and Lamptey followed with another ace to push the early advantage to 9-7. The Kingsmen scored two straight points to knot the score at 9-9, but the Bears retook a 10-9 lead after a long rally that ignited a 9-0 spurt, capped by a kill from Mercedes Alvarez Herrero. Heritage chipped back to within 19-14, but Liz Robbins served out the rest of the set which the Bears took, 25-14.
In the early moments of set two, each side took possession of an early lead, but another Lamptey ace gave the Bears a 6-5 edge they would not relinquish. Detwiler followed with another kill for a 7-5 advantage. The Kingsmen got one back, but the Bears followed with an 11-0 run, punctuated by three Detwiler aces and a Niamh Scanlon kill, to give them a commanding 18-6 edge. The Bears were not tested the rest of the set and Robbins once again served it out, 25-10.
Heritage started quickly once again in set three, taking a 3-1 lead, but an Alvarez Herrero powered an 11-0 run with four aces to thrust the Bears ahead 12-3. Consecutive Detwiler aces extended the advantage to 19-6, but the Kingsmen showed great fight in closing to within 22-13 before another Alvarez Herrero ace ended the sweep, 25-13.
The Bears are back in action on September 17 for a home league match against Our Savior.