The Pierce Lady Bears volleyball teams had an emotionally charged win against the Live Oak Lions on Oct. 8, at a home game. 3-0 varsity and 2-0 for JV.
The JV played a fast game with two sets; 25-12 then 25-10. Pierce’s Leslie Villanueva served a great second set, along with libero, Karina Gonzalez, expediting the game towards the win.
Between the games, a jersey retirement and gym renaming ceremony honored Natalie Corona, a Pierce Alumni that had played volleyball on that very court. In a show of solidarity and support, the Live Oak team sported long-sleeved shirts with Pierce colors and Corona’s jersey number 11 on them.
The varsity teams then took to the court. Pierce Bears dominated the three sets; 25-9, 25-4, 25-15. Pierce’s coach, Kim Travis, said that she was proud of senior Grace Alonso.
“She was super positive; gave a good effort,” said Travis. “She came in today, and she doesn’t always get a whole lot of playing time, but she played every set today with our injuries, and she played consistently. She made a difference when she was on the floor.”
Despite the loss, Lions coach Wyatt Roberts said he was happy with his team.
“You can tell (Bears) play nicely,” he said. “Their movements are awesome. It was fun; it was a good game.”
The Bears come back from a weekend in San Diego at a tournament. They did not bring back victories from the invitational, but the busy season has shown that the team does hold on to the souvenirs as learning experiences. On Thursday, the Willows Honkers will come to Pierce.■