Glendora, CA- The South Torrance Spartans traveled to the home of the Regents for a rare Friday night game. Even with leading scorer Roni LaPierre on the bench, the Spartans were no match for the Regents. St. Lucy's took the match in four sets, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, and 25-17.
Set one was marred by a lot of early Regent mistakes. Six service errors, numerous net violations and several overpasses had the Regents on their heels and calling time out trailing 12-18. An ace serve by Juliet McClure coming out of the time out, followed by a solo block by Loryn Carter had the lead cut to 2, 16-18. Just moments later, Loryn Carter cut the lead to one, 18-19, with a cross court kill and South called for a time out to ponder how to slow the Regents down. The Spartans came up with just enough to close out the set 25-21, however, it always felt like the Regents could turn things around anytime they chose. Set one South.
Set two was also marked by inconsistent Regent play. St. Lucy's seemed to be in commend, even when trailing by as many as five points. Loryn Carter made smart choices as to when to tip over the block and when to hammer the ball. The Spartans led until a Natalie Caro shot down the line tied it at 13. The Regents enjoyed their first lead at 18-17 following a Juliet McClure ace serve. Caro came up big down the stretch with a shot off of the block and two consecutive ace serves to close it out, Regents 25, Spartans 22.
Set three was where Sydney Bast shined. Despite South's early and substantial lead, Bast made the right hard swings and got just enough kills to keep the Regents in the hunt. St. Lucy's reduced the once six point lead to two on a couple BIG blocks by Carter. The Spartans took a time out leading 17-14 to see if they could stymie the Regent run. South then went on a 4-1 lead and could see the finish when the Regents called time out trailing 15-21. Much like the first set, it always felt as if the Regents could take over whenever they chose. This time they chose. A Carter block cut the lead to one, 22-23, a Sarah Bruchet ace knotted it at 23, a Carter tip over the block gave the Regents set point and a South hitting error gave the Regents the set 25-23. St. Lucy's 10-2 run at the end of the set was enough.
The Regents were in control of set four throughout. Newcomers Julianne Rohrer, Brennen Miller and Francesca D'Aquila contributed to the win. South called timeout trailing 4-10, only to return to an ace off of a Bast serve and back to back kills by D'Aquila that even had her cracking a smile. McClure blocked the kill attempt and gave the Regents the first match point. After siding out, Bast had had enough, up she went and knocked the final kill off of the high hands of the block, giving the Regents the win 25-17 and the match 3-1.
Tonights stat leaders were Juliet McClure (3 aces, 8 digs, 41 assists); Loryn Carter (4 blocks, 12 kills); Natalie Caro (13 digs, 14 kills); Sarah Bruchet (3 aces, 18 digs); Sydney Bast (2 aces, 1 block, 9 digs, and 15 kills) and Rachael Cavanaugh (5 kills.) St. Lucy's starts it's league season on the road next Thursday, October 3rd at Charter Oak. Come out and support your Regents!