Friday, October 11, 2013

The Regents Roar Past Claremont in Straight Sets

GLENDORA, CA-  St. Lucy's made quick work of dismissing the Wolfpack, taking Claremont down in three quick sets, 25-18, 25-17, and 25-19.  The Regents remain undefeated in league.

Set one was a birthday celebration for Loryn Carter, literally, as the big-time hitter who turns 15 this week scored and blocked the ball effectively.  (Yes, she's only 15!)  Carter got the Regents started with three early kills as St. Lucy's shot out to a 7-4 lead.  The Wolfpack, led by middle hitter Janie Feldsher, dug in and and fought to a 7-7 tie on a slide kill by Feldsher and their first lead of the set when she smashed an overpass to go up 8-7.  The Regents turned it back around with defensive help from freshie Julianna Rohrer and a nice serving run by freshie Brennen Miller and found themselves sitting on a 18-14 lead when Claremont called time out.  Four points later, the Wolves took a second time out and finally put a stop to Juliet McClure's six point service run.  The Regents did not let go of the lead and Roni LaPierre's kill from the back row cemented the set for the Regents, 25-18.

It looked as if the Wolfpack was going to control the second set when they got out to a quick 4-0 lead; a lead that they would maintain until Sydney Bast got on a hot service run and tied the match at 9.  McClure's net assisted ace helped the Regents to move ahead of the Pack and out to a 15-12 lead.  Claremont battled hard and at a crucial point, trailing 17-14, despite several impossible digs by the Gina Valvo and both teams' back rows, Bast smartly tipped it off of the block to end the threat.  Carter put up two consecutive solo blocks and the set was essentially over.  Miller's ace was the last straw and the Wolves surrendered on a hitting error 25-17.

The Regents seemed to lose their focus at times in the third set.  Serving and hitting errors  by the Regents kept the Wolfpack in the hunt.  Sarah Bruchet's inability to dodge Feldsher's serve knotted the score at 12.  The teams traded points and the set was tied at 13, 14, and 15.  Rachael Cavanaugh ran a slide, put a shot down the line. and gave the Regents the 16-15 lead.  Bast followed with back to back aces to create a little breathing room.  The Regents seemed to finally find their focus and finished strong when Carter rolled a winner off of a LaPierre dig and hammered the next ball to go up 24-19.  The match ended on a Claremont hitting error.

The stats for the evening are incomplete due to a technology blip and we'd be speculating were we to list stat leaders, so we won't.  The Regents hit the road Tuesday, October 15th, when they will face the South Hills Huskies.  On Thursday, October 17th, they are home hosting their Dig Pink Rally match against currently undefeated in league foe Chino Hills High School.

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