GLENDORA- The St. Lucy Regents continued their march toward an undefeated league season with a victory over Claremont in straight sets: 25-18, 25-17, 25-19. Tonight the Regents played not only toward their goal of an undefeated league season, but also for a much loftier aspiration: raising awareness and money for breast cancer research. In the end, the girls efforts give hope to both causes.
The Regents were in command of set one for the duration. Sydney Bast got things off to a great start with two aces and the disciplined Regents took advantage of every opening and overpass to get ahead. The "bigs" were on fire. Dianna Rohrer blocked big hitting Ariana Holmes, Mo Hageman hammered a slide to the 10 foot line, and Loryn Carter put up another big block to stymie Holmes. Serving specialist Desi Villajian contributed, putting the Regents up by 10 with an ace serve, 20-10. St. Lucy's closed out the set 25-18.
Set two was more promising for the Wolfpack as they kept it close-- for a while. St. Lucy's however, just knows how to finish and methodically worked up a lead that Claremont could not surpass. Hailey Hargrave served up two net assisted aces late in the set, trying to spark a come back, but it was too little too late. St. Lucy's took set two 25-17.
Set three was the one that Claremont let slip away. They led the set until the mid-way point, until Eryn Young's ace serve gave the Regents a 14-13 advantage and their first lead. A blistering cross court shot by Roni LaPierre had the student section chanting "I believe that we will win" and had the Wolfpack players taking to the sidelines to talk it over. Another impressive slide kill by Hageman and a ball crushed by Loryn Carter helped to solidify the student body's belief. The student's were right, St. Lucy's won set three 25-19.
Tonight's stat leaders were Vanessa Caustrita and Marissa Hageman each with 8 kills, Roni LaPierre with 7 kills, Juliet McCure with 25 assists, 11 digs and 2 aces and Desiree Villijian with 3 aces.