Sports: Lady Bears Establish Dominance over Carlmont
In an up and down affair, the Lady Bears earned a hard win over Carlmont on Tuesday. The match was controversial, loud, and competitive, creating an exciting atmosphere.
The first set was a quick win for the Bears, 25-18. At first the Bears played a little shaky, but they soon collected their focus and dominated. They didn't give up any runs, and senior Pauli King kept M-A's 7th Woman Club roaring with numerous kills.
The second set was long and hard fought for both sides. Neither team was outplaying the other– it was true back and forth play. At the end, the Bears were so close to taking a 2-0 set lead, but ended up losing the last four points to fall in the second set by a final score of 25-21.
The Bears seemed rattled at the end of the second set, but this did not translate over to the third set. The Bears robbed Carlmont of their early momentum and come out on top, 26-24. Like the second set, it was back and forth the entire way, but this time there was added controversy.
The 7th Woman Club was roaring as usual when the Carlmont players complained to the head referee that they were too loud. This created an argument between M-A's coach and the ref. The M-A coach argued that the 7th Woman Club can cheer as loudly as they would like, but the ref ordered the cheering crowd to stop during Carlmont's serves. This only fired the club up more, and though they practiced silence during the opponents serves, they came back louder than ever for the rest of the match.
It looked great for the Bears entering into the fourth set, as the team was hungry to claim the victory. However, Carlmont refused to go down easily, coming out with fire and winning 25-22. In this set, unforced errors hampered the Bears' ability to win. The momentum quickly shifted to Carlmont and it was on to the fifth set.
The Bears were not intent on losing the fifth set. M-A's head coach inspired a new energy in the Bears, and they came out with several clutch kills from junior Devin Joos, sophomore Leanna Collins, and King. In the end, they were able to hold off Carlmont's final effort, winning with a score of 15-9.
This game provided a slight scare for the Bears, but ultimately, they came out with the win.
Joos commented, “I think we were able to win because we were focused and the other side was freaking out, and that played a huge part.”
Joos contributed to the Bears' offensive threat with a match high of 27 kills.
The Bears played again tonight against Aragon, away from their home court.