GLENDORA- St. Lucy's opened season play today at home against Charter Oak. To say that the match was no contest is an overstatement. Regardless of what combination of players Coach Douglas put on the court, the Chargers had no answer. The match went to the Regents in straight sets, 25-4, 25-8, 25-16.
The Regents played the first set without powerhouse sophomore Loryn Carter. Jenna Bailey held her own on the right side. Freshie Julianna Rohrer also got to put in some good back row work. St. Lucy's gave up only four points before closing out the set.
Set two saw even more new faces with both outside hitters Sydney Bast and Roni LaPierre on the sideline. Francesca D'Aquila and Bailey filled in nicely on the pins as did Brennen Miller as a DS. Alina Mota made an appearance half way through the set and made her presence immediately felt with a one-armed dig to save a certain ace. St. Lucy's finished off set two easily, this time giving up twice as many points, 25-8.
Douglas ran a 6-2 in set three, giving libero Sarah Bruchet some touches at the setter position and Rohrer the opportunity to play libero. The Regents substituted liberally and nearly every player saw time in this match. (Kelsie Remige did not get to play today because of a rolled ankle.) Miller, who might be 5'4" with her shoes on, even played a couple front row rotations when the official prohibited D'Aquila and her from making a last minute substitution. Charter Oak got to within 3 points of the Regents, 19-16, but they would get no closer. D'Aquila subbed in, squashed the "threat" with a cross court kill, then stepped back and served the rest of the match out. Even though Charter Oak once again doubled their points, they fell to the Regents 25-16.
The Regent scoring was spread out: Mota had 2 aces, D'Aquila had 4 kills and 1 ace, McClure had 3 aces and 28 assists, Carter had 1 block and 8 kills, Caro had 7 kills and 3 aces, Bast had 7 kills, Bruchet had 3 kills, 5 digs and 1 ace, LaPierre had 2 kills and 2 digs, and Bailey had 2 kills and 2 digs.
Best of luck to all the girls who will be trying out for club teams this weekend. The Regents are back at it next week with games against Ayala and Claremont.