THOUSAND OAKS- The Regents hit the road for their second round match against the Westlake Warriors and came out victorious in straight sets, 25-16, 25-23, 25-11. It was a match played at what my daughter would describe as "rainy day speed"; that is where you start slow and take a while to shake off the gloom. Ultimately, the Lady Regents were able to weather the storm.
The Regents started set one in the hole, falling behind 0-3 in the opening minutes. Loryn Carter shifted the tide with an authoritative cross court shot, and the Regents took off. Setter Juliet McClure won the joust against the 6'3" Westlake middle to give St. Lucy's a 10-5 lead behind a nice Eryn Young service run. The Regents played most of the set out of system and messy enough for the Warriors cut the lead from 6 to 2. Coach Douglas called a time out after seeing the Warriors earn 5 consecutive points. That seemed to do the trick. As usual, St. Lucy's balanced attacking, which included a crushing kill to the back corner by Marissa Hageman and a timely block, and their steady defense, got the Regents back on track. St. Lucy's cruised to close out set one 25-16.
Set two was a lot like set one- only worse. Again, the Regents got a "rainy day start", complete with unforced hitting errors, service errors, net violations, and double hits, and trailed by as many as 4. The Regents caught up to the Warriors mid-set and were able to level it at 13. However, they just could not get in sync and break away. The ties continued at 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Finally, Vanessa Caustrita put the ball down at the 10 foot line on a killer combo, Sydney Bast served up two consecutive aces, and Loryn Carter slammed a deep line shot to get the Regents a set point. St. Lucy's took set two 25-23 on a double hit call against Westlake.
Set three was more typical of the St. Lucy Regent Volleyball Team. Despite several service errors, the Regents crept out to an early three to four point lead. Dianna Rohrer displayed some smart net play, tipping to the short corner and crushing a ball in front of the defense, and Carter, Hageman and Rohrer combined to put up a formidable block. The Warriors were worn out and the Regents took advantage. Eryn Young finished the set and the match with two straight aces. St. Lucy's advances to the quarter finals with the 25-11 straight set victory.
Tonight's stat leaders were Loryn Carter with 11 kills and 1 block, Roni LaPierre with 8 kills, 15 digs and 2 aces, Diana Rohrer and Vanessa Caustrita with 7 kills each, and Marissa Hageman with 6 kills and 3 blocks. The Regents will face the winner of the El Dorado-Hart contest on Saturday.