An abbreviated three-week volleyball season got underway last week for the Pierce Bears, as they went 2-0 after posting wins over Paradise and Maxwell.
Traveling to Paradise on Wednesday, March 24, the Bears made short work of the Bobcats, as they won in straight sets by scores of 25-8, 25-8, 25-18.
Katie Williams and Ashlyn Wooldridge registered seven kills apiece, while setter Sierra Murphy handed out 24 assists and added an additional four kills.
In the back row, Maria Rivera made five digs, with Betsy Myers pitching in with four, as well as serving five aces.
Entertaining Maxwell on March 25, Pierce faced a spirited effort from the Panthers, but the Bears’ depth and experience eventually prevailed 25-15, 25-14, 25-15.
Williams was nearly unstoppable at the net, landing a match-high 16 kills, while Murphy turned in another consistent performance, directing the offense with 27 assists to go along with five kills and six digs.
Kassandra Raya led the defense with 17 digs, with Myers and Rivera each contributing 11.
Although they did not keep statistics, the play of the Panthers is also to be commended, as their back row exhibited athleticism and gave nothing away easily.
This year, however, is not necessarily about wins and losses, but rather about giving student athletes an opportunity to play as Pierce coach Kim Travis explained.
“It literally is all about giving them time on the court,” Travis said. “Of course we have that competitive nature so we always want to win, but last night watching the girls, both on my team and Maxwell’s, they are just grateful to be in their high school jerseys.”
Pierce (2-0) has a busy week with four games this week, starting on Monday, in Trowbridge, where they took on East Nicolaus, then returning home to host Chico on Tuesday and East Nic on Wednesday, before heading to Chico today to play Pleasant Valley.
Maxwell (0-1) has a match scheduled with Biggs this week.