ERICA NARDELLA — Special to Southern News
With a loss to University of Bridgeport, the SCSU volleyball team falls to 3-1 on the season. The Owls lost to the Purple Dragons 3-1.
Southern came out strong in the first game, taking it 25-23, but the great start was short lived. Sophomore Sarah Beres, the middle blocker and outside hitter started the game off with the first point.
“The effort was good,” said head coach Lisa Barbaro, “but not a big offensive night.”
Mackenzie Hurlbert, a freshman English major at Southern, said she was impressed with the blocking between the two groups; it was working very well.
As the second game started, the Purple Knights opened up with a nice lead, which they maintained for the rest of the set. Both teams showed great determination and intensity throughout all the games; however, Bridgeport shined through, ending this game 25-16.
The third game was very similar to the second in which the effort, support and teamwork remained from both teams. This game was the most eventful as the struggle to win became more competitive. Every serve, spike, pass, set and block counted. Sophomore Lauren McVey, the outside hitter, was on fire in this game giving a great effort towards a comeback. Bridgeport remained in the lead the whole set. The Purple Knights would win 25-15.
The last and final set was a fight till the end. Both teams were battling for victory and only one was coming out on top. As the set opened both teams performance started out great. The two teams remained close in score, and at one point were even tied. The aggression and sweat showed how hard of a battle this match was to the Owls. The Owls and the Purple Knights ended this set with a score of 25-20. Ending the game and leaving Bridgeport the winners.
“Our team put up a good fight, it was a very close match”, said Hurlbert.
Barbaro said that the girls came out strong in the first game, but their intensity lacked throughout the other games.
Defensive-wise the girls fought their way through the match. Junior Syriah Celestine, the middle blocker and the outer hitter, had seven blocks overall.
McVey said she agrees with Barbaro and believes the team did not perform to the best of their abilities.
“We played well the first game,” said McVey, “but we were not as consistent as we should have been.”
Barbaro said that this was a tough match especially because the University of Bridgeport is one of the best in the region and a hard team to beat.
“We were just going away from the way we usually attack a team,” said Barbaro.
There was a good turnout to support the Owls. Players said they were grateful for the positive support.
“It’s always nice having a group of girls that always have your back and are there for you whenever you need them,” said McVey, “and of course having a great coach makes us a great team.”