Glendora- The St. Lucy Regents faced up against the Bonita Bearcats in a pre-season battle that proved to be less than fierce. Both teams played, fine. Each with moments of glory, but overall, the match was a snoozer. St. Lucy's took it in straight sets; 25-12, 25-17 and 25-21.
The Regents were in control of set one from start to finish. After an early seven point serving run by Roni LaPierre, the Regents were up 9-2. Riley Inman answered with an ace serve, solid defense and a run of her own to bring the Bearcats to within 5 of the Regents. They would get no closer. Franchessca D'Aquila put in some quality minutes for the Regents, playing well defensively and making kill after kill. Natalie Caro did her share of tough serving and had the Bearcats running for a time out down 18-9. Bonita was unable to shift the tide, and the Regents finished it out 25-12.
Set two brought more of the same. Loryn Carter found her swing and bounced a couple balls in front of the the 10 foot line. Bonita got the gap closed to three, but the Regents turned up the pressure. St. Lucy's led 20-14 at the Bearcat's time out call. The time out proved futile and the Regents took set two 25-17.
Set three was more interesting for a few reasons. One, the Bearcats kept it close and even took the lead a few times. Two, Coach Douglas played around with his line up, so we got to see several new faces. Among the new players to contribute to the Regent's success are a trio of freshmen: Jenna Bailey, Brennan Miller and Julianna Rohrer. In addition, some of the senior veterans showed their skills- Sarah Bruchet setting in a 6-2 with Juliette McClure, Madi Gilmartin stepping in at outside and making two key kills, and Kelsey Remige, clogging up the middle. As always, Sydney Bast provided solid defense and leadership on the court throughout the match. Despite ties at 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, and 21, when push came to shove, the Regents took charge, closing out set three 25-21.
Stat leaders for the evening were Roni LaPierre, 10 kills, 2 aces; Francessca D'Aquila, 5 kills; Rachel Cavanaugh, 2 blocks; Sydney Bast, 10 digs, 2 aces and Juliet McClure, 16 assists.
Next up: Los Osos. Los Osos lost in the CIF Championship last year, so they are hungry to prove themselves. In addition, the team has improved greatly since last year, adding some key new personnel. Be there on Thursday to support your Regents in what will surely be an exciting match. Game starts at approximately 5:30 pm.