Can you say 5-peat? The Regents can. With tonight's win over South Hills, St. Lucy's guaranteed itself at least a share of the Sierra League title. The Regents were victorious in straight sets 25-15, 25-15, and 25-14.
Set one started out a little bumpy for the Regents and Coach Douglas called the girls around to talk it over trailing the Huskies 4-3. Then Eryn Young stepped up to serve and things began to turn around. The Regents won 6 of the next 7 points, and never looked back. South Hills tried to switch the momentum by calling time out at 18-14 after Roni LaPierre crushed a ball just behind the 10 foot line, but mo was not on the Huskies' side. Again, Eryn Young had the serve (and good things happen for the Regents when Eryn serves) and the Huskies did not score again until they were facing set point. St. Lucy's won set 1 25-15.
Set two was laden with mistakes for the Regents. If it wasn't service errors, players into the net, or misjudging whether the ball was inbounds, it was hitting or passing difficulty. Arden Davis put the set on her shoulders with a strong service run and all-star defense and digging. St. Lucy's drove to a familiar finish: 25-15.
Set three was good volleyball with both teams hustling and nice long rallies. Unfortunately for South Hills, St. Lucy's was on the winning end of most of those rallies and got themselves out to a comfortable 16-5 lead behind Desi Villajian's serving. South Hills climbed to within 6, but Alina Mota squashed their hopes of a comeback with an ace serve on the line and Rachel Cavanaugh got a kill on an overpass to end the match 25-14.
Tonight's stat leaders were Arden Davis with 29 digs and 1 ace, Vanessa Caustrita with 9 kills and Roni LaPierre with 7 kills. When asked if the girls were excited about winning league, Coach Douglas responded that they were happy, yes, but that they want to go 10 and 0. That's their goal.
The Regents take on Chino Hills on Thursday in what is supposed to be a home game, but due to a scheduling error by St. Lucy's, will be played at Chino Hills (in their small gym no less.) But what could be sweeter than going undefeated in league? That would be beating Chino Hills twice in their own house to go undefeated in league. Come out and see if Lucy's is up for the challenge.