Williams varsity volleyball is winning sets but not enough to claim a game win. On the road against the Hamilton Braves, last Thursday, Williams captured a set win but fell short in a 3-1 set loss, starting their league play off with a 0-1 record.
Offensively, Williams portrayed a competitive edge on defense with Nayeli Contreras dishing up 10 digs to alleviate the score gap, 20-16 in the first set. Jackie Rivera broke several of Hamilton’s defensive blocks, bringing the Lady Jackets within just two points. But things would soon wind down for Williams as Erika Sanchez pushed the Lady Braves to a 25-18 set win from the service line.
A series of rallies played out in the second set, as the Lady Jackets grabbed an early lead propelled by the hands of Contreras from the service line. Six consecutive points gave Williams just the break they needed with an 11-5 lead. Estefania Bermudez was a strong force for the Lady Jackets, nabbing five kills in the set, and pushing Williams to a set win, 25-22.
Keeping the forward momentum alive, Williams stayed close to the Braves’ score in the third and fourth sets. Rivera and Bernudez continued their attack from the net as Aracely Reyes and Cassie Tortledo contained Hamilton’s top attacker, Marsela Tranado. A whole team effort was portrayed in the final two sets, but Williams fell short with final scores 25-18 and 25-19, for a 3-1 set win over the Lady Jackets.
“The girls played the best I have seen this season,” said Head Coach, Kristi Hill. “They kept pace with this hard hitting team and played in total unity with one another.”
Williams will descend to East Nicolaus tomorrow in a conference match-up at 6:30 PM. ■