By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity girls’ volleyball team split contests with a pair of league opponents last week when they grounded the Oroville Hornets in the best of four games at home Tuesday, (Oct. 1), but gave up three of five games on the road at Bridgeport two days later.
The Lady Lions defeated Oroville, 25-15, in game one, lost game two, 25-22, and won both games three and four by the same score, 25-17.
True to form, the play was highlighted by thrilling moments of skill displayed by individual girls in both the front and backcourt.
Junior middle hitter Sarina Williams was a force at the net, where she racked up kill after kill against Hornet serves and volleys.
Junior libero Baylee Canedo was steady in the backcourt, where teammates Dana Anderson and Katherine Tannehill balanced her play like outriggers.
Senior Taylor Curtiss made some great saves, such as in game three when she chased the ball deep into the back court and slammed a return over the back of her head into Oroville territory, which compelled the Hornets to call a timeout.
Junior Whitney Fox gets better and better at the net as the season progresses in both blocking and hitting.
Liberty Bell varsity volleyball alums Amber Reggiatore and Ashley Pennock stepped in for coach Tim Boonstra and did great service switching players to match the tempo of the game.
The Lady Lions took the early initiative at Bridgeport Thursday (Oct. 3) with wins in game one, 25-23, and game two, 25-21, thanks to a come-from-behind effort by freshman Erin Schuh.
The Lady Lions then deflated like a punctured volleyball to drop game three, 25-11, and rebounded, though not enough, for a close 25-23 loss in game four.
With more time, the deciding game five could have gone either way but the Mustangs held on to win, 17-15.
The Lady Lions were scheduled to be on the road against Manson on Tuesday (Oct. 8). Liberty Bell will host Lake Roosevelt on Thursday ((Oct. 10) and travel to Mansfield next Tuesday (Oct. 15).