The Big Pine Lady Warriors gave the Homecoming crowd a little bit of everything Saturday morning in their re-match with the Lee Vining Lady Tigers. But most important, the young volleyball team got the win.
The Warriors had to fight back from a 5-point deficit early in game one for the 25-19 win. Game two turned into a nail-biter with Big Pine ahead by 13 before the Tigers poured on a series of points runs before the Warriors put the win to bed at 25-20. Big Pine hit the wall in game three, losing 18-25 before matching the Tigers point for point in game four and pulling out a 25-22 win.
The Warriors and Tigers played near dead-even early in game one until Lee Vining got the side out and went on a run for a 5-10 advantage. The Warriors found their rhythm, kept the Tigers off balance coming back to a 12-12 tie. With Gena Lewis at the line, the Warriors put on their own points show taking a 6-point lead at 17-12 with two aces from Lewis. The balance of the game was marked with long volleys and both teams, literally going to the wall to keep the ball in play, but the Tigers couldn’t overcome the Warriors points advantage and Big Pine took game one.
The Warriors picked up where they left off, pulling ahead 6-1 with Erin Lind at the line. The Tigers got the side out, but couldn’t hold on to it, bringing Sienna Gutierrez to the line. Gutierrez started with an ace and ended Big Pine’s 6-point run with a pair of aces.
The teams swapped points as the Tigers rallied to keep pace with a re-charged Big Pine. Just 2 points shy of a Warrior win, the Tigers dominated the court coming back to within 5 points of Big Pine at 24-19. A bad Tiger serve put win two on the board for the Warriors.
Both sides were on their game to start game three. The Lewis to Gutierrez combination punch and a masterful kill from Anna Huston tied the score 11-11. Then Lee Vining put on a show outscoring the Warriors 11-6 for their first win at 18-25.
Big Pine started game four with an ace on Melissa Barlow’s serve but from that point on, it was game on for both teams, neither could gain the advantage from the line. Aggressive digs by Anah-Kee Mason kept the Tigers on their toes as the Warriors started to inch ahead, but never by more than 2 points.
The Warriors inched ahead taking a 17-14 advantage and finishing out the set for the 25-22 win, just in time for the crowd to head to the football field.
“I was happy we won our Homecoming game,” said coach Shelly Snoderly. “And very happy we finally won at home. The girls get nervous playing in front of family and friends, but Saturday they were able to overcome that and play like they know how.”
The Warriors head to Baker today, then home again on Thursday, Oct. 17 for another match-up with Lee Vining.
CJ LaFrombois: 3 kills, 12 digs
Melissa Barlow: 2 kills, 1 ace, 9 digs, 1 assist
Kaylee Simpson: 1 kill, 1 dig
Anah-Kee Mason: 1 ace, 21 digs
Gena Lewis: 5 kills, 6 aces, 14 digs, 18 assists
Sienna Gutierrez: 7 kills, 7 aces, 32 digs, 1 assist
Erin Lind: 1 kill, 8 digs, 1 assist
Anna Huston: 6 kills, 1 ace, 8 digs, 1 assist