GLENDORA- Debuting their pink cancer awareness jerseys, the St. Lucy Regents faced off against the South Hills Huskies earlier this evening. While the Regents came out "pretty in pink", the Huskies came in ready for a dog fight- full of energy, spirit and all-out play making. The Regents, unfazed by the attack, kept their cool and won in straight sets 25-17, 25-18 and 25-21.
It appears that someone forgot to tell the Huskies that they should be intimidated by St. Lucy's four consecutive Sierra League titles and back-to-back CIF Championships, because South Hills stormed into St. Lucy's gym with conviction, attitude and fire. Their libero, Riena Ono, dug tough shot after tough shot and the Husky energy kept South Hills in the thick of it to a 13-13 tie. Then freshman Loryn Carter got hot, putting the ball down on blazing swings and getting the Regents out to a 19-15 lead. Following a South Hills timeout, Eryn Young consolidated the lead with an ace and did not relinquish control of the serve until the lead had stretched to 22-15. Roni LaPierre finished off the set on a back row attack to the deep corner. Although Juliet McClure set the ball, Arden Davis is deserving of an assist as well for her mid-approach communication to LaPierre that the right back corner was open. Lucy's took set one 25-17.
Set two did not start out as well for the Huskies, but that is not for a lack of intensity. The Huskies kept coming. Unfortunately for South Hills, they did not play as error free as they had in the first set. Lucy's on the other hand, stayed composed, brought consistent team play and built an 18-12 lead that forced a Husky timeout. After the timeout, the Regents lost their rhythm for a spell and watched their lead dwindle to 19-16. Coach Douglas called a time out of his own, after which the Regents found their groove and cruised to a 25-18 victory.
Dianna Rohrer kicked off set three with a big roof of the Husky middle and the Regents got out to the quick lead, 6-3. Arden Davis was on fire, serving 2 aces and passing three-option pass after three option pass. But those pesky Huskies wouldn't back down. The set was tied at 7, 8, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19 before the Regents could break away for good. Marissa Hageman smartly pushed the ball to the deep corner to give Lucy's the 20-19 edge. Juliet McClure utilized her attackers well, setting a beautiful quick to Dianna Rohrer to take a 22-19 lead and moving the ball to the right where Loryn Carter put a cross court shot down to finish set three, 25-21. Although it was a sweep for the Regents, the Huskies made them work for every point and played fantastic volleyball.
The stat leaders for South Hills were McKissick (#32) and Gonzales (#2) with 9 kills each, Donnelly (#23) with 16 assists and Oho with 11 digs. The stat leaders for St. Lucy's were Roni LaPierre with 18 kills, 11 digs and 1 ace, Loryn Carter with 11 kills and 2 blocks, Arden Davis with 19 digs and 2 aces, Sydney Bast with 15 digs and 1 ace, and Juliet McClure with 31 assists, 2 kills and 2 aces.