GLENDORA, CA- The Regents' second season began tonight with the start of CIF playoffs. St. Lucy's, who by virtue of a lost coin toss, will have a very difficult road to travel to make it to the championship as the bracket in which they are placed is BRUTAL! But in order to prevail in the post-season, you've got to beat em all. So be it round 2, round 3, or the finals, bring on the best of the best, and the Regents will be ready for them.
Step one came in the form of the Agoura Chargers. Agoura was the third place finisher in the Marmonte League, and came in with two tournament championships and an impressive record. They also boast a strong middle presence with 6'2" middle blocker Kaylin Mouchawar and 6'1" middle blocker Meg Graham. The match up could have been problematic for St. Lucy's, but they were prepared. Coach Douglas came in with a game plan, the girls executed and the Regents walked away with a straight set victory 25-13, 25-20 and 25-13.
The Regents started set one a little nervous, making unforced errors like passing into the net and long serves. But Syd Bast's serve receive was right on and the Regents were converting perfect passes into kills by Loryn Carter to stay within striking distance of the Chargers. Lucy's closed the three point gap on another Carter kill, a Sarah Bruchet ace and a Rachel Cavanaugh block. The Regents took their first lead at 7-6 on a shot off of the block by Roni LaPierre. Bast then went on a serving streak that pushed the Regent edge to five, 14-9. The Regents ran away with it from there, finishing set one 25-13.
Set two was more of a contest. Again, the Regents got behind with mistakes and errors and found themselves trailing two to three points behind the Chargers most of the way. There were ties at 13, 15, and 16. Finally, the Regents grabbed the lead and Juliet McClure cemented it with a well timed dump to put Lucy's up by two 20-18. McClure's ace and LaPierre's inspired hitting took over in the end and the Regents closed out set two 25-20.
The Regents took control of set three from the start. McClure scored two more aces, as did Natalie Caro, and the Regents were quickly up 10-3. Bast went on another serving tear and quicker than you can say "round two", the Regents were leading 20-8. The Chargers were never able to mount an effective attack and St. Lucy's put the match to rest 25-13.
Tonight's stat leaders included Juliet McClure (42 assists, 3 aces), Loryn Carter (11 kills, 2 blocks), Natalie Caro (5 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces), Rachael Cavanaugh (7 kills, 2 blocks), Roni LaPierre (15 kills, 8 digs, 1 block), Sarah Bruchet (11 digs, 1 ace), and Sydney Bast (8 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces). Round two will be on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 pm. Opponent will be the winner of the Aliso Nigeuel / Estancia match and location will be determined most likely by coin flip.