Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Home Opener in the Bubble is Tough Loss to Union

The home opener proved to be quite the match! We had a good crowd that found us at our new home in the Bubble, which was great. Union was coming in at 16-1, and took the first game 27-29, even though you only play to 25. It kept going back and forth with both teams about to run out of subs before Union pulled out the victory. That first game was a good indication of what was to come the rest of the night. The next 3 games flip-flopped winners, all with scores of 18-25, with us winning two of the three to tie it at 2-2. We had gotten off to slow starts in every game, and the worst time to have that happen is in a 5th game. That's exactly what we did, unfortunately. We fought back, but eventually ran up against the wall of 15 sooner, and dropped the last game 11-15. It was a night that saw a lot of good attacking, and tough serving on both sides, but we felt like the "out of system" plays needed to be better on our side. We had a balanced attack again, with a large part of our offense coming from Jane and Lindsay, both with 17 Kills. Kate, Whit, and Elissa all came through with solid hitting games with 7, 8, and 6 kills apiece. Natalie, Reisa and Olivia all anchored the defense tonight, and served tough, which really took them out of the game they wanted to play quite a bit. We scrambled well, and kept a lot of balls in play, which was great to see defensively. it's a tough loss to have at home, but we'll be back at practice tomorrow to keep fine-tuning and honing our skills to take back on the road this weekend when we go to the Amherst Classic.

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