As the volleyball season draws nearer to the end, Oct.15 was the last rivalry game between Colusa and Pierce, and it was an absolute nail-biter. Each set was close but, ultimately, all of the wins went to the Lady RedHawks, who beat the Lady Bears 3-0.
Annie Lay started off the game, serving what would be a quick score. Each score was answered back with point for the opposing team, nearly the entire game. The RedHawks pushed past the Bears toward the end of the first set 25-20.
That’s when things got really interesting.
The second and third set went neck and neck to the point where the game extended past the traditional 25 points with both sets ending 27-25, and both in the RedHawks’ favor.
Passions were equally matched but Pierce’s Kim Travis attributed the tipping factor to the split-second decision making that the hitters seemed to lack that night.
“We didn’t make a lot of good decisions,” said Travis. “They came ready to play and we didn’t. They got the win and they deserve it. That’s part of the sport.”
Colusa senior, Hanna Haylor, came in for 14 kills. With 31 assists for this game and logging in a total of 808 assists, Lay is frequently seen effortlessly popping the volleyball up for her teammates to hit over the net.
“I usually go for our middles,” said Lay,” We practice for that. If it’s close to the net, they can go in faster.”
But technique is not the only strategy that Lay utilizes. She said that she tries to remain positive and lift up her teammates if a hitting mistake is made. In regard to the game, however, she admitted that it was intense.
“When I go back to serve and it’s close, I’ll get a little nervous, but besides that, I’m pretty much excited,” she said.
Despite the Bears losing their backup libro to injury during the San Diego tournament, the team persevered with Grace Alonso taking over and received 30 serves.
“Grace did a great job,” said Travis, “She came in and took on the libero position. I think Grace played consistent.”
Travis added, “Sierra Murphy played good defense for us and Katie Williams made good adjustments to hit around the block.” ■