Yesterday afternoon, the volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-0 home victory vs. Our Savior. It was their 10th straight PSAA regular season victory as they remained undefeated all-time in PSAA play.
The Bears roared out to a commanding lead in set one, building a 12-2 advantage in a blink, punctuated by a Shannuel Lamptey ace, a Bekah Detwiler kill, and a pair of Elizabeth Robbins aces. A Lamptey kill put the Bears up 20-5, a Nadia Hall kill moved the needle to 22-7, and a Detwiler kill finally ended the opener, 25-10.
The Pioneers upped their game in a taut second set that saw early ties at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 7-7, and 8-8 until the visitors ripped off six straight points to take a 14-8 edge. The Bears battled back with their own six-point run to knot the game at 14-14, buoyed by a long rally that was kept alive by impressive digs from Robbins and Natalie Stefaniuk. The game remained tight with ties at 15-15, 16-16, 17-17, 18-18, and 19-19 before Our Savior finally grabbed some precious breathing room with a block that left them ahead 21-19. The visitors still led 23-21 and had command of the serve when coach Stan Winston called what proved to be a key timeout. Out of the break, Robbins clipped the back line for a kill that brought the Brook back within 22-23 before Detwiler single-handedly ended the frame with three straight aces, giving the Bears a 25-23 win.
Set three also remained close throughout, though the Bears led start to finish. A touch kill by Ava McCormick gave them a 19-17 edge, a Lamptey missle along the right sideline pushed the advantage to 22-19, another McCormick kill edged them closer to victory at 23-20, and a Hall kill pushed the Pioneers to the brink at 24-21. Our Savior’s final shot sailed over the end line to provide the final margin as the Bears took the set, 25-22, and the match.
Detwiler (6 kills/ 5 aces) and Stefaniuk (12 assists/ 2 aces) led the way in a complete team effort.
The Bears are back in action on Friday night in a home match-up with Knox at 7:00pm.