Yesterday afternoon, the volleyball team won their inaugural PSAA match, 3-0, over visiting Our Savior to move to 2-0 overall.
The Bears looked sharp out of the gate, racing out to a 6-1 lead behind a Liz Robbins ace and kills from Niamh Scanlon, Bekah Detwiler, and Mercedes Alvarez. A triptych of aces from Alvarez pushed the lead to 14-2 and the Bears hardly looked back on their way to a dominant 25-8 win in set one.
The Bears ran out to a similar lead in set two, holding a 6-2 edge early on, but the Pioneers fought back to take a 10-8 advantage. A Shannuel Lamptey block knotted the game at 10-10 and the Bears recaptured the lead on the next point, but Our Savior tied the game at 12-12. The Bears took the lead for good on the next point, as another Lamptey block pushed the advantage to 14-12 before more breathing room was provided by a Leslie Kang ace and a Lamptey kill: 16-12. The Pioneers remained within striking distance at 18-14, but consecutive Lamptey aces extended the cushion to 20-14. Detwiler closed the set with an emphatic spike to give the Bears a 25-16 win.
In set three, the Brook again nabbed an early edge behind a pair of Robbins aces and a Detwiler rocket. Our Savior closed to within 6-5, but five straight points, powered by two kills and an ace from Detwiler, gave the Bears an 11-5 edge. The lead grew to 13-6, but the Pioneers clawed back within 13-12 on the back of their service game. Unfazed, the Bears responded with six straight points of their own, punctuated by a Lamptey ace, to lead 19-12. The Bears were untested the rest of the way as they closed out the sweep, 25-17.
The Bears are back on the court Friday night in a home match-up with the Knox School.