Although the Bears posted wins over Orland 25-15, 25-14, 25-21 and East Nicolaus 25-5, 19-25, 25-7, 25-22 last week, their most impressive victory came on Tuesday, March 30, when they downed the visiting Chico Panthers 19-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21.
It was an emotional night inside Natalie Corona Gymnasium as Pierce recognized not only its seven graduating seniors but additionally its longtime coach Kim Travis who is stepping down after 11 seasons at the helm of the Bears.
Following the laughs and tears that accompanied the ceremonies, the Bears saw a first set lead dissipate and the Panthers surge ahead for the win, however that loss seemed to motivate Pierce, who buoyed by its defense, came roaring back to take the next three sets and ultimately the match.
As expected, it was the Bear seniors that stepped up to turn the tide starting in the back row where libero Betsy Myers fended off some thunderous shots levied by the Panther hitters on her way to making 27 digs.
Also contributing to the defensive effort was Maria Rivera with 12 digs and Sierra Murphy who made 10.
Murphy, the Pierce setter, handed out 34 assists which resulted in 14 kills from Katie Williams and another seven from Rivera.
In all, it was a fitting end to Senior Night where the players Travis has coached over the past four years rose to the occasion using what she has taught them about teamwork, trust, and the way to play the game.
Pierce (5-1) lost to Pleasant Valley in four sets on Thursday, April 1, and concluded its season this week playing in Sutter on Monday, hosting PV on Tuesday, traveling for a rematch with Chico Wednesday before its final match of the year tonight at home against Sutter.