A thrilling game ended in a 3-0 win for the Pierce volleyball team against Woodland.
The Pioneer Lady Patriots have been winning nearly all of their matches, loosing only once this season until Thursday’s game. The team played with enthusiasm but the Lady Bears have an instinctual dance that they have developed through experience on the court. They are able to work off of each other’s strengths, which has made them a formidable force.
The last time Pierce faced Woodland was after winning four games in a row on at a tournament away game. Coming into Thursday’s game, Coach Kim Travis cautioned her team that they needed to serve well because she had observed that Woodland was a good passing team with power hitters. But Travis pointed out to them that if the other team couldn’t hit, then they could not pass, which worked out for the home team.
Pierce’s win of 25 points for each set was well earned. Woodland played well, getting 15 points in the first set then 17 points in the second and third sets.
“We’re trying to work our kinks out,” Travis said.
Junior Betsy Myers was on fire. She served four aces, 16 digs, and 20 serves received.
Travis said she was also impressed with junior Sierra Murphy, who has been listening and pushing the ball away. Murphy had 18 assists.
Senior Abby Mendoza, who had been put out of her comfort zone, did well in the back row all week.
“(Mendoza) has just completely rocked it,” said Travis.
Fully aware of the challenging teams in upcoming games, Travis said they are just taking it game by game.
“It’s making us better,” Travis said. “We know it’s about the progress and the journey, not the wins and losses right now – and that’s what we’re focusing on.”
The Pierce Lady Bears will be playing a non-conference home game against the Shasta Lady Wolves on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 PM. ■